The current PWR Digital Composition Coordinator is Amy Goodloe.
WHAT DOES THE COORDINATOR DO?
In exchange for one course release per year, I offer workshops, individual support, and online resources to faculty who want to further develop their own digital literacy and/or incorporate the pedagogy and practice of writing in digital environments.
That includes helping faculty with these three areas:
Developing Digital Literacy
- learning how to navigate conversations that occur in hypertext and digital media
- becoming familiar with the paradigms of digital composition tools
- developing proficiency with digital composition strategies
- developing strategies for problem-solving, thereby building the confidence needed to integrate digital literacy into the classroom
Writing for Web Audiences
- set up a central web site for course materials, based on rhetorical principles for web design
- set up and troubleshoot class blogs or wikis as well as other social media tools for instructors to use for student collaboration
- help faculty develop and assess projects that ask students to write for real web audiences
Digital Media Composition
- offer instruction in using digital media tools to develop course materials (such as screencasts, videos, podcasts, photo essays, etc.)
- help faculty develop and assess projects that ask students to compose in digital media formats (such as videos, audio essays, photo essays, animations, etc.)
- help faculty use the principles of digital storytelling for course materials and student projects (particularly for service learning)
I also attend faculty members’ classes in order to show their students how to use the relevant tools, and I make a variety of screencasts and handouts upon request, either for the faculty member’s private use or to distribute in class.
Many of my public resources are available on these sites:
Conversations on the Pedagogy and Practice of Writing in Digital Environments
- a blog for all PWR faculty interested in the changing nature of literacy
DigitalWriting101.net: Responding to the Changing Nature of Literacy
- a collection of handouts I maintain mainly for my own students, but also available to colleagues
- links to the screencasts I’ve made to help my own students as well as PWR faculty and students
I also provide general support to faculty members with regard to the kind of technical issues that arise when working with digital composition assignments. In some ways, this is the most important service I provide, as many instructors would not have felt confident enough to try new digital writing activities without such a support system in place.
As the Digital Composition Coordinator, I’m also chair of the PWR Digital Composition Committee, which is made up of a small and dedicated group of digital visionaries, and together we try to find ways to spread the word about the changing nature of literacy to anyone who’s interested.
In August of 2011, I led the first of what I hope becomes an annual week-long workshop on Digital Composition, which was well-attended and enjoyed by all!
For an overview of what we covered in the workshop as well as other activities for AY 2010-2011, see the slides below, which I went over at our annual faculty meeting on August 19.
(Embedder not working? You can also view the notes the old-fashioned way, by downloading them.)
COORDINATOR REPORT for 2010
Below are the reports I submitted for the February Merit Evaluation. The reports follow a proscribed format.