The University Writing Program 2015 Conference
The 2015 UNC Charlotte University Writing Program’s Charlotte-Area Conference
Print ↔ Digital: Connecting Convention, Tradition, and Innovation
Friday October 23, 2015UNC Charlotte’s Center City Building 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte NC
2015 Call for Proposals
Print ↔ Digital : Connecting Convention, Tradition, and Innovation
Two recent studies pose challenges facing writing teachers: one reveals that students perform better academically when handwriting their notes; the other purports that students’ papers improve when they are typed rather than handwritten. Similarly, in writing classes students may be asked to produce Twitter feeds, handwritten daybooks, websites, or lengthy research papers. The two studies and the variety of texts students are asked to compose reveal the complexity of writing, the varied processes involved in composing, and the dynamic intersection of process, form and format. We know that what works for one writer in one space, and for that matter, what works for one teacher in one specific course, may not be transferable to other writers, teachers, courses, and writing contexts. As writing teachers, how do we negotiate these multiple modes of composition, varied sites of writing and diverse writers in our classrooms?
We invite proposals for individual presentations, panels, workshops and roundtable discussions that address issues such as:
- intersections between print and digital spheres
- integration of print and digital conventions
- multimodality in print and digital spaces
- rectifying traditions in digital contexts
- how-to’s and pragmatics: integrating print with digital technologies
- e-Portfolios with traditional components and traditional portfolios with digital components
- other topics relevant to contemporary writing studies and pedagogy
Contact Suzanne Ingram (email@example.com) for further information.
Proposals are due by Wednesday April 15, 2015. Submit your proposal using the form below.
Writing Mobilities: How Should We Prepare Writers For Shifting Contexts and Converging Media?
When students leave classrooms, they face writing opportunities and challenges much like the incomplete and contradictory “wicked problems” of social theory. How should we approach writing instruction when we know that our students will move from carefully designed course assignments into a range of much messier everyday life writing situations? How well do our strategies prepare students to combine print and digital media to seek information, make connections to people and resources, and articulate and invent outside controlled academic rhetorical situations? In this presentation, I will invite conference participants to think about these questions at the crux of learning transfer as I share stories from qualitative research in a large university commons space called the Technology Commons at the University of Central Florida. Drawing on filmed observations and interviews, my research traced and visualized infrastructures and practices that enabled students’ communication during experiences that ranged from learning organic chemistry to designing a videogame to completing a tax form. Writing instructors, I suggest, have an important — and potentially shifting — role to play in supporting the mobility required to navigate shifting contexts and converging media.
The University Writing Program 2014 Conference
2014 Call for Proposals
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s First-Year Writing program would like to invite you to our inaugural Charlotte-area conference, “Bridging Inquiries: Research, Process, and Literacy from High School to Higher Ed.” We invite all Charlotte-area scholars and educators to explore how inquiry drives our research and our teaching, with the ultimate goal in mind of inquiring into ways we might “build bridges” between our institutions: bridges that will forge lasting connections, that will enrich our scholarship and our teaching, and will thus enliven our students’ experiences in our classrooms. We invite proposals for individual presentations, panels, workshops and roundtable discussions that address issues such as:
commonalities in our curriculums
partnerships: between teachers, between departments, between institutions, between communities
bridges between academic writing and other areas of students’ lives
responding to student writing
best practices in teaching writing
literacies: community, digital, social, academic, personal, oral, cultural, professional
Schedule of Conference Events: UNC Charlotte Center City
For detailed information on breakout sessions, see the attachment at the bottom of the page.
8:30-9:00 Breakfast and Registration, Second Floor Atrium
9:00-9:15 Opening and Welcome, Lecture Hall
Dr. Joan Mullin, University Writing Program Executive Director, UNC Charlotte
9:15-10:15 Keynote Address, Lecture Hall
“Bridging Inquiries: Research, Process, and Literacy”
Dr. Lil Brannon, UNC Charlotte Writing Project, Professor of English and Education, UNC Charlotte
10:30-11:45 Breakout Session I
12:00-1:00 Lunch, Discussion, and Book Vendors, Second Floor Atrium
1:00-2:15 Breakout Session II
2:15-2:30 Break: Coffee, Sweets, and Conversation
2:30-3:45 Roundtable Session
3:45-4:00 Certificates, Second Floor Atrium