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D-WRD Professional Development: Readings & Inquiry, 2011-12

So that we can attend to some of the intellectual contexts for our work with students and with technology, the D-WRD Working Group is gathering summer readings to share in preparation for our meetings and workshops next year.

For starters, this summer, these two work well as a pair:

Then, in the fall:

  • “Designs for Social Futures.”
    Ch. 10 in Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures, 2000.
  • Writing Program Administration and Instructional Computing.
    Ken McAllister and Cynthia Selfe. The Writing Program Administrator’s Resource. Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002.
  • Writing, Technology and Teens.
    Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  • Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, Arum and Roksa, University of Chicago Press, 2010. Excerpts on writing and critical thinking.
  • Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education. David Noble. First Monday, 1998.

Some of the questions that we can pursue together:

  • What do we know about writing? How do we know it? How should we teach it?
  • What theory of language or discourse informs your classroom practice?
  • How are changes in higher education and the shifting purposes for attending college affecting our understanding of media, technology, literacy, and learning?
  • What is the relationship between Vincentian social values and teaching with technology?
  • “What are the instructional goals of the writing program? How can these goals be made to drive a computer-based program/course/activity/facility/decisions?” and “Who is being served by these goals and the computer-based instruction that is derived from them? Who is not?” (McAllister & Selfe 345)