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Call for Proposals – 2012 Graduate Research Network (GRN) at Computers and Writing

The Graduate Research Network (GRN) invites proposals for its 2012 workshop, May 17, 2012, at the Computers and Writing Conference hosted by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

The C&W Graduate Research Network is an all-day pre-conference event, open to all registered conference participants at no charge. Roundtable discussions group those with similar interests and discussion leaders who facilitate discussion and offer suggestions for developing research projects and for finding suitable venues for publication. We encourage anyone interested or involved in graduate education and scholarship–students, professors, mentors, and interested others–to participate in this important event. The GRN welcomes those pursuing work at any stage, from those just beginning to consider ideas to those whose projects are ready to pursue publication. Participants are also invited to apply for travel funding through the CW/GRN Travel Grant Fund.

Deadline for submissions is April 25, 2012. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit our Web site at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/writling/GRN/2011/index.html or email Janice Walker at jwalker@georgiasouthern.edu.

Reminder! 2009 GRN

Call for Proposals: Graduate Research Network

Reminder! The deadline to be listed in the GRN printed program and apply for Travel Grant funding is May 30!

We invite proposals for work-in-progress discussions at the tenth anniversary Graduate Research Network at the 2009 Computers and Writing Conference, June 18, 2009, hosted by the University of California Davis. The C&W Graduate Research Network is an all-day pre-conference event, open to all registered conference participants at no charge.

We need both Discussion Leaders and Presenters! Presenters may also be eligible to apply for Travel Grant funding.

For more information, visit our Web site at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/writling/GRN/2009/index.html and follow the links for the online submission forms for the GRN and for Travel Grant funding, or email Janice Walker at jwalker@georgiasouthern.edu.

Call for Proposals – 2009 Graduate Research Network

We invite proposals for work-in-progress discussions at the tenth anniversary Graduate Research Network at the 2009 Computers and Writing Conference, June 18, 2009, hosted by the University of California Davis.

For more information, visit the GRN Web site at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/writling/GRN/2009/index.html or email Janice Walker at jwalker@georgiasouthern.edu .

Don’t forget to check out the 2009 Travel Grant Awards information, too!

The deadline to be listed in the GRN printed program and apply for Travel Grant funding is May 30, 2009, but early submissions are appreciated.

Please help pass along this information. And, if you can serve as a Discussion Leader this year or would like to contribute to the Travel Grant Fund, please follow the links from the GRN Web page.

The Last Day at C&W 2008

May 25, 2008

Well, it was the last day of the conference, but it was just as exciting as the first day.  Unfortunately, my notes are still a mess, but here they are anyway.

Tony Atkins:  Defining “Technological Literacy”:

  • How files work
  • File extensions
  • Internet protocols
  • etc.

“Students can follow the instructions and tutorials to successfully use new applications in isolation, but [they] often stumble in completing the assigned projects because they do not understand fundamental principles about how computers, the Internet, operating systems, and related technologies function.”

In his research project, he asks students the following four questions:

  1. Explain the process of moving a Word document from the My Documents folder to your USB drive.
  2. Describe what the Internet is and how it works.
  3. What happens technically when you access a website through a browser such as Internet Explorer and view the site on your computer?
  4. What types of files can comprise a typical website and how do the different types of files relate to and interact with each other?

He then discussed how models, metaphors, and analogies can be useful in helping students to understand technology, but I’ll let you ask him if you want to know more!

Jennifer Bowie: Podcasting Resources

From “The Five Canons, Audience, and Earbuds: Adding Podcasting to the Computers & Writing Classroom” by Jennifer L. Bowie.

Applying the 5 canons of rhetoric to podcasting.  Some resources she suggests:

  • Podcasting for Dummies by Evo GTerra & Tee Morris
  • Tricks of the Podcasting Masters by Mur Lafferty & Rob Walch
  • Dangler, et al.  “Expanding Composition Audiences with Podcasting,” http://www.bgsu.edu/cconline/podcasting
  • “Podsafe music” – http://magnatune.com/ 
  • WordPress blog’s “podpress” option (I’ve GOT to check this one out, right?)

In an upper-level class, teams of 2-3 students composed weekly podcast reviews/summaries of assigned readings, class discussion, etc.  Podcasts could also be used for peer review or for professor’s responses to students.

Of course, she presented more resources, but, again, you’ll have to ask her for them!

Martine Courant Rife:

Discourse-based interviews using audio recorder and open source transcription software – http://trans.sourceforge.net/en/presentation.php.  

IP issues for writers and tacit knowledge.  Check out http://www.deviantart.com/.

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More “I have no idea what they refer to” notes:

Hmmm, well, I enjoyed the conference, and, once again, I returned to the “real world” of Statesboro with all kinds of ideas.  Maybe I’ll even remember what some of them were!

Random Notes from the 2008 Computers and Writing Conference

I wish I could say I was organized enough to have taken organized notes at this wonderful conference.  I can’t, I wasn’t, I didn’t.  I jotted down some VERY messy thoughts/notes on my calendar throughout the conference, and most of them I now have no idea to what they referred!  Nonetheless, I’m going to try to make at least a little bit sense out of them here, if only so I can remember some of it.

Let’s see, I have just a few very cryptic notes from Jay David Bolter’s keynote speech on May 23, 2008.  I’ll jot them down here, and maybe if someone has better notes, they can tell me why I wrote down these notes….

May 23, 2008

  • “augmented reality”
  • “YouTube as postmodern television”
  • combine physical and virtual
  • “casual gaming”
  • “locative poetry”

Then, I have some notes about books/software/other things I wanted to check out:

  1. Ian Bogust, Persuasive Games
  2. Fatworld (games created by Bogust)
  3. September 12, http://newsgaming.com (political game by Georgia Tech Student?)
  4. Jerome McGann, Radiant Technology (literature after the WWW?)
  5. Game: Facade (AR Facade), by Michael Mateas, Andrew Stern, Blair MacIntyre, Steven Dow

Hmmm, there’s also a reminder here that Charlie Lowe promised to meet me and my students via Skype sometime in the fall to talk about open source issues.  And, oh, yeah, I promised to email Kathi Yancey with information about

  1. Advertising in the 2009 Graduate Research Network program, and
  2. The Georgia Conference on Information Literacy.

Hmmm, I better do that right now.  BRB….

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Okay, I’m back.  I attended a session during the afternoon about digital scholarship.  Cheryl Ball presented an interesting continuum that I drew in my notes, but I have NO idea how to draw it here….  I liked the way she contrasted print and multimodal; private and public; scholarly and creative; and social and personal.  Maybe, if anyone is reading this, they could ask her to send me a copy of her diagram to post here?  Or maybe not–it will probably be published (soon?) in the online journal, Kairos, anyway!

So, then Virginia Kuhn presented a rubric, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was a rubric for:

  • Controlling idea
  • Research component
  • form//content
  • creative realization

Anyone?  Well, luckily, I also wrote down a URL from her talk:  http://immersiveflow.org.  Hopefully, there’s more information there!  Virginia Kuhn has been working with the Institute for the Future of the Book (http://www.futureofthebook.org though the Web site appears to be down at this time–let me know if anyone can find it!), developers of Sophie (http://www.sophieproject.org/), “software for writing and reading rich media documents in a networked environment.”

So, then I attended Annette Vee’s presentation on “proceduracy” and literacy (defining literacy as technologically mediated, e.g., writing itself is a technology.  Of course, this is a subject near and dear to my heart, so I made a cryptic note to myself to try and find that TV show I saw the other day where a 65-year-old couple got cochlear implants and could hear for the first time in their lives.(1)  Although they were both extremely literate in “English” textually, in ASL, and lip reading, they were unable to even repeat what they heard (let alone understand it) when people talked if they couldn’t see their lips, even though post-op, they could now hear.  It would take years, they said, for them to develop the ability to recognize heard language.  What does this say about oral/aural literacies? 

Anyway, so Vee sees the “computer as more than just a black box” I had to think a moment about age-ism here; computers were ALWAYS beige–until recently!  This 21st century color change…. Hmmm…. How does our age reflect how we envision a “computer” in our imagination?  I have a little “game” I play with students sometimes, when I’m encouraging them to write with more concrete language, that seems apropos here.  I tell them “I see a bird.”  Then I ask them to tell me what the bird looks like, what kind of bird it is.  Finally, I tell them “I see a big, yellow bird”–and those who are old enough to remember Sesame Street (is it still around?) finally see Big Bird, too!  (No, I’m NOT on drugs…).  So, when we envision a “computer,” what do we see?  (I see a big, beige, metal and plastic monstrosity? Or I see a sleek and thin laptop? Or I see a chip implanted in someone’s brain?  Or….?)

Okay, this blog is long enough.  Maybe I’ll post more of my notes from the conference later.  Or maybe not.  🙂

1.  Dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky.  “Hear and Now.”  2007. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0912587/