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Call for Participation: Web Writing & Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning

Light Writing A couple of weeks ago I mentioned a new born-digital book project, Web Writing: Why & How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning, co-edited by a team of Trinity College faculty: Jack Dougherty, Dina Anselmi, and Christopher Hager. Since then, the editorial team has grown by two other Trinity folks: Tennyson O’Donnell, and me.

The book’s aims should be familiar to ProfHacker readers:

This born-digital, open-access volume integrates why questions with online examples and tutorials to illustrate how faculty and students are doing this work. Topics include: Why should we integrate the web into our teaching of writing? How does student engagement and faculty pedagogy change when we post our ideas online? Which tools deepen (or distract from) thoughtful learning? What strategies can help the liberal arts to address these digital-era challenges and opportunities?

I hope that if you have ideas on any of these topics, you’ll be interested either in contributing a piece to the book, or in commenting on the book as it evolves online. The book will take shape in CommentPress, much like Jack’s previous co-edited volume on Writing History in the Digital Age. So, please do participate! We’ve even got some small subventions.

If your institution participates in NITLE, then you can join Jack and me in a free online seminar [you can't make me say webinar!] next Tuesday at 2pm. In addition to soliciting more participation in the book, Jack and I will do some hands-on crowd-writing exercises to focus on some of the pedagogical possibilities involved in these practices. Again, the seminar is free to anyone at a NITLE institution.

While the seminar’s participation is restricted, participation in the book project is much less so: Chris, Dina, Jack, Tennyson, and I are interested in proposals from across the liberal arts. If you’ve got an idea that might work, come by our site and let us know! Updated the next morning to add: The deadline for submitting proposed ideas has been extended until June 22.

Photo “Light Writing — Spider Web” by Flickr user forcefeed:swede / Creative Commons licensed BY-ND-2.0

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