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CFP: Computers and Composition Online Special Issue on Open Source

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Computers and Composition Online Summer/Fall 2010 Special Issue
Open Source: Purpose, Practice, and Priorities
Special Issue Editors Lanette Cadle, Joe Erickson, and Kristine Blair

The 'Perfect Storm' Facing Higher Education, and how Open Source Initiatives Might Offer Some Solutions

I’d like to invite discussion of a novel and rather disturbing development in online education, one that may have implications for the work many of us do, and quite possibly for rhetoric and composition more generally. And I'd like to suggest that this development requires, among other things, thinking seriously about open source initiatives within the field of rhetoric and composition.


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.


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