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Results--Survey on Open Source Adoption and Usage

Thanks to all of you who participated in the Survey on Open Source Adoption and Usage. We have included the results of the survey (with any identifying comments redacted to ensure confidentiality) on the OSAAC website, located here: We have done some data analysis and are also providing the raw data in Microsoft Excel (.xls) format. In the near future, we will include an analysis of these findings in a joint publication.

Once again, thank you for your participation.

Ben McCorkle, Asst. Professor of English, OSU Marion, mccorkle.12[at]

Survey of Open Source Adoption and Usage

Greetings. We are conducting a preliminary online survey aimed at assessing the role of open source software in the scholarly and pedagogical practices of the Rhetoric & Composition and English Studies community. As a scholar and teacher of Rhetoric & Composition and/or of English Studies, you are being invited to participate in this survey. Please take a few moments to respond to this very brief ten-question survey on the subject at the link provided below.

Journal Suggestions

Hi All,

I'm coordinating a year-long Electronic Pedagogy workshop series for postdocs at Georgia Tech. One of the goals of the series is to have the participants propose, conduct, and publish (or at least submit) some sort of research project in the field of electronic/digital pedagogy. These projects can be classroom practice based, theory based, etc. The participants are teaching in Tech's fyw program.

I'm compiling a list of journals that deal with the topics of composition, electronic pedagogy, etc. So, what are your favorite journals?

CFP- "Using Digital Archives in the Classroom"

From the SHARP List.



"Using Digital Archives in the Classroom"
SHARP 2007 Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 11-15, 2007

This year's SHARP conference theme is "Open the Book, Open the Mind," which will highlight how books develop and extend minds and cultures, and also how they are opened to new media and new purposes. With this in mind, I will propose a panel on the most current form of literary media: digital archives. Subject to acceptance by the SHARP conference committee.)

There has been a proliferation of digital scholarly projects published as open-access resources, i.e., freely available on the Web. For example, the Poetess Archive (, Walt Whitman Archive (, the Rossetti Archive ( and the Emblem Project Utrecht ( These projects involve digitizing, standardizing presentation and offering search capabilities of printed literary materials. Essentially, scholars and students can discover or create relationships among the literary documents that would have been impossible to create (or at the very least, overwhelmingly time consuming) through printed facsimiles or archival work. However, these digital resources beg the question: How are they being used by scholars and college students?

For this panel, we will explore the use of these open-access projects, as envisioned by the project's creators or as actually used by faculty outside of the project. Discussion of digital projects from any literary historical period or literary genre are welcome. Actual assignments and exercises will also be useful. Though theorizing digital humanities is useful for part of the panel's discussion, it will not dominate. Proposals discussing pedagogical uses of social spaces on the Web are also welcome, e.g., Wikipedia or MySpace.

Along with your proposal, please include a brief biographical statement as well any requirements for AV equipment.
Please submit emailed proposals (of 300 words) by October 20, 2006 to Katherine D. Harris, San Jose State University at

For further information about the 2007 SHARP Conference in Minnesota see here: If you would like to join SHARP, please go to:

Dr. Katherine D. Harris
Assistant Professor
Dept. of English & Comp. Lit.
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
Phone: 408.924.4475


EFF and Bloggers' Rights

The EFF has a handy guide to blogger rights. It's a bit skewed towards political bloggers, but is still a nice primer. The site also has some good links to EFF classics like How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else).

If you're teaching a course that uses blogs or a course that explores the use of blogs, the EFF's "new" page looks to be a nice resource for students and for class/blog discussions. If admins in your department or university are worried about blogs and legal issues then send them to EFF or summarize EFF's position and remind them of the pedagogical benefits of blogging.


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