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Digital Writing Across the Curriculum - A Web resource and some questions

At The TLT Group (a non-profit that works with educational institutions), we've been gathering examples of college level, academic 'writing' in disciplinary courses (i.e, 'digital writing across the curriculum')

http://www.tltgroup.org/resources/gx/Digital-WAC.htm

We're doing this to try to answer a question: should colleges (and high schools) be teaching students the rhetoric of writing online (e.g., creating web sites; dealing with intellectually and emotionally difficult problems through online conversation) in order to enrich the teaching options available to faculty teaching advanced courses. For example, are the options of teaching literature, history, engineering, law, math and/science enriched if students enter those classes as able to write with digital media as they are to write traditional essays and research papers?

SWCA Tutor Award Call for Nominations

The SWCA Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2006 Tutor Award. This award is presented annually on a competitive basis to a student (undergraduate or graduate) or staff member who works in any capacity in a writing center at an educational institution in the Southeastern region. The SWCA Tutor Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a student or staff member to her/his writing center, the SWCA, and/or the writing center community more generally. Significant contributions may include one or more of the following: peer tutoring, center administration, tutor training, campus workshops, writing center innovations, or other relevant work. The Awards Committee seeks to recognize the leadership, commitment, and overall excellence of a student or staff member in writing center work. The winner will be recognized with a plaque and a check for $250 at the SWCA conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 16-18, 2006.

SWCA Achievement Award Call for Nominations

The SWCA Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2006 Achievement Award. The SWCA Achievement Award is presented annually on a competitive basis to a writing center director (or other leadership or supervisory position) at an educational institution in the Southeastern region for his or her outstanding service to the SWCA. Research and service contributions to the nominee's writing center and the writing center community will also be considered. The winner will be recognized with a plaque and a check for $250 at the SWCA conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 16-18, 2006.

WAC Clearinghouse Announces New Publications

I am pleased to announce that several new publications are available on the WAC Clearinghouse (http://wac.colostate.edu).

Across the Disciplines (http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/) announces its second volume. New work includes a new column on secondary education and writing centers/WAC by Pamela Childers and articles by Jonathan Hall, Robert Samuels, Jessica Yood, Linda Anstendig, Eugene Richie, Shannon Young, Pauline Mosley and Bette Kirschstein. New articles and materials will be added to the volume as the year progresses.

Janice Lauer's book, Invention in Rhetoric and Composition, is now available in PDF format for free download from the WAC Clearinghouse at http://wac.colostate.edu/books/lauer_invention/. Published jointly with Parlor Press, which offers the book in print-on-demand and various digital formats, Lauer's book is the first in the series, Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition, which is edited by Charles Bazerman. New volumes are forthcoming in the series and will be announced as they are made available.

Writing Studio Blogger

Last semester, just before we went public with the Writing Studio (http://writing.colostate.edu/studio), I put together a (very) simple Blogging tool for the Studio. Basically, it allows writers to create a Blog, share it with one or more Studio-supported class pages, and/or share it with the world through the Writing@CSU Writing Gallery. They can also keep it private if they want to.

It occurred to me that some of you might be interested in it. I haven't enabled any RSS feeds (nor would I have the faintest idea of how to do that) or other things, but it does allow writers to create a blog and get replies to entries.

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