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Collaborative approaches to the digital in English Studies

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ISBN: 9780874218879 087421887X Year: Language: English
Publisher: Utah State University Press/ Computers and Composition Digital Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Technology (General)
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As a field concerned with the production, consumption, and analysis of texts, English studies is also necessarily and uniquely tied to the technologies that support those activities. As those technologies evolve, the field evolves new research and teaching practices and new ways of using and thinking about digital tools. No longer the sole purview of a handful of specialists, digital texts (multimedia, Web content, digitized material, etc.), tools (software and hardware), and user practices (how readers and writers interact with, read, compose, analyze, share, and remix digital texts) pervade the field, from literary studies to writing studies and beyond. Although many English studies professionals have assimilated, investigated, and experimented with digital tools and associated practices on their own, such work is often facilitated by strategic collaborations. In fact, as this collection’s chapters demonstrate, forming collaborative partnerships is often the most productive way—if not the only way—to address research, professionalization, teaching, program development, and other challenges that arise as the field responds to digitality.Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies joins the ongoing conversation about collaborative work in the humanities. Instead of focusing exclusively on the digital humanities or emphasizing only the large-scale computational analysis or archival projects typical of that field of study, the collection focuses on a variety of projects led by or involving English studies professionals in particular. In doing so, the collection demonstrates growing interest in and diverse application of collaborative methods within the field and provides examples of the exigencies that have prompted a move away from the stereotypical lone-scholar model of scholarly work toward collaborative endeavors.The first aim of the collection is to present readers with compelling examples of how English studies professionals are employing collaborative approaches to the digital, thereby providing an up-to-date perspective on the nature of the work colleagues are doing as they come together around technology-related research and teaching questions. The second aim is to provide readers with concepts and models they can use in their own work as educators, researchers, and administrators.With chapters by Joyce Neff, Liza Potts, and Carl Whithaus; Lisa Spiro, Laura McGrath; Jim Ridolfo, Martine Courant Rife, Kendall Leon, Amy Diehl, Jeff Grabill, Douglas Walls, and Stacey Pigg; Sean McCarthy and Lauren Mitchell Nahas; Matt Barton and Kevin Moberly; Magnus Gustafsson, Donna Reiss, Art Young, and Linda Bradley; Caroline Cason Barratt, Jill Parrott, and Erin Presley; Monica Bulger, Jessica Murphy, Jeff Scheible, and Elizabeth Lagresa; Alan Liu; and Jentery Sayers.

Technological ecologies & sustainability

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ISBN: 9780874217490 0874217490 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Utah State University Press/ Computers and Composition Digital Press
Subject: Technology (General) --- Languages and Literatures
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Together, computerized writing environments (e.g., physical spaces, hardware, software, and networks) and the humans who use and support such technologies comprise complex ecologies of interaction. As with any ecology, a human-computer techno-ecological system needs to be planned, fostered, designed, sustained, and assessed to create a vibrant culture of support at the individual, programmatic, institutional, and even national and international level. Local and larger infrastructures of composing are critical to digital writing practices and processes. In academia, specifically, all writing is increasingly computer-mediated; all writing is digital.Unfortunately, at far too many institutions, it is difficult to sustain ecologies of digital writing. How then to best plan, foster, design, sustain, and assess the complex ecologies framing the study and practice of digital writing that we do (or hope to do) as teachers, scholars, learners, and writers?The audience for this collection is teachers, scholars, administrators, and graduate students working in fields of composition studies, computers and writing, technical/professional communication, literature, education, and English education. We all face the same dilemma: More and more of our work and instruction takes place in electronic environments, but budget constraints and assessment mandates loom, and often our positions within or institutions prohibit us from active participation in central computing endeavors. This necessarily multivocal collection refines our discussions of the many components of sustainability, providing contextual, situated, and flexible modes and methods for theorizing, building, assessing, and sustaining digital writing ecologies.Section I: Sustaining instructors, students, and classroom practices. Introduction to section I / Heidi McKee --Political economy and sustaining the unstable : new faculty and research in English studies / Kelli Cargile Cook, Ryan (Rylish) M. Moeller, and Cheryl E. Ball --A portable ecology : supporting new media writing and laptop-ready pedagogy / Kristie S. Fleckenstein, Fred Johnson, and Jackie Grutsch McKinney --Stifling innovation : the impact of resource-poor techno-ecologies on student technology use / Anthony T. Atkins and Colleen A. Reilly --Video for the rest of us? Toward sustainable processes for incorporating video into multimedia composition / Peter J. Fadde and Patricia Sullivan --Portfolios, circulation, ecology, and the development of literacy / Kathleen Blake Yancey --Section II: Sustaining writing programs. Introduction to section II / Danielle Nicole DeVoss --The administrator as technorhetorician : sustainable technological ecologies in academic programs / Michael Day --Sustainability and digital technology : program analysis via a "three-legged" framework / Patricia Ericsson --The hybrid academy : building and sustaining a technological culture of use / Beth L. Brunk-Chavez and Shawn J. Miller --Using the LEED evaluation tool to assess the sustainability of first-year computers and writing programs / Kip Strasma --Digital studio as method : collaboratively migrating theses and dissertations into the technological ecology of English studies / Jude Edminster, Andrew Mara, and Kristine Blair --Section III: Sustaining writing center, research centers, and community programs. Introduction to section III / Dickie Selfe --Sustaining a research center : building the research and outreach profile for a writing program / James E. Porter --Sustaining community and technological ecologies : what writing centers can teach us / Jeanne R. Smith and Jay D. Sloan --Sustaining (and growing) a pedagogical writing environment : an activity theory analysis / Mike Palmquist, Kate Kiefer, and Jill Salahub --Genre-informed implementation analysis : an approach for assessing the sustainability of new textual practices / Lisa Dush --Section IV: Sustaining scholarship and the environment. Introduction to section IV / Danielle Nicole DeVoss --Sustainable digital ecologies and considered limits / Lisa Lebduska --Old world successes and new world challenges : reducing the computer waste stream in America / Shawn Apostel and Kristi Apostel --Sustaining scholarly efforts : the challenge of digital media / Cynthia L. Selfe, Gail E. Hawisher, and Patrick W. Berry --Afterword : sustainable writing programs : a continuing agenda / Charlie Moran --Author biographies and photos.

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