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D-WRD session notes: Qualtrics

[1] At Friday’s D-WRD meeting we looked at Qualtrics survey software, for which DePaul has a site license:

  • We looked at how to create a Qualtrics survey, the different kinds of questions you can pose, and various ways to collect data and responses
  • We talked about how to use responses — for example, as discourse analysis in classes, and information sharing and comparing
  • We noted that DePaul students have access to Qualtrics as well, and can create surveys of their own for classes, community, and project use (you need a Campus Connect log-in to create and to share a Qualtrics survey, but not to participate in one with responses)

[2] The newest issue of Computers & Composition, Vol. 31  (March 2014) is a special issue on “Multimodal Assessment”: I think that many of the articles in this issue look great, and would recommend two in particular:

  • “Notes Toward the Role of Materiality in Composing, Reviewing, and Assessing Multimodal Texts.” — Matthew Davis, Kathleen Blake Yancey. For those of you who heard Kathi Yancey speak at UIC last year, she uses her scrapbook project in this article.
  • “Current Conversations on Multimodal Assignments and Assessments: A Collaborative Review of Four Recent Texts.” A collaborative book review (we should do something like this!) on multimodal composing titles, contextualized thusly:
    • Composing practices
    • Theory
    • Identity
    • Pedagogy
    • Assessment
    • Politics
    • Discord and concord

Good stuff here, and it aligns nicely with the ways in which we’ve been talking about multimodal composing here in WRD. 

[3] Pete Vandenberg wrote an article about audio responses to student work in 1992 (!) — it’s attached: “Excuse Me, Is This Thing On? Audiotape Commentary in Dialogic Classrooms.” abstract: 

Asserts that audiotape commentary on student papers should not be considered a panacea for composition teachers. Argues that, although its effectiveness always depends on a greater dialogic context, it can be a collaborative, enabling method for reader and writer to exchange information about intention and effect that exceeds the limitations of traditional written commentary. 

Thanks for reading —