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"My Blog" at Digital WPA

Just in time for WPA 2005 in Anchorage! WPA Members can now post messages to a personal blog space at the Digital WPA site. You can use this space to "blog a conference" or just about anything else. Readers will be able to read and respond to your blog content. You can also include rich HTML content (if you choose) or just type away and let Drupal do some of the formatting work for you.

Special Election of Replacement Executive Board Member

Please vote to fill one position on the WPA Executive Board that was left vacant by Cynthia Martin’s resignation.  The new board member’s term will begin immediately following the election and end June 30, 2007.  Members should vote for one candidate in the following pairing.

Continuing Board members will be Chris Anson (Past President), Shirley K Rose (President), Jennie Dautermann (Secretary),  John Heyda (Treasurer), Lauren Fitzgerald, Joe Janangelo, Raul Sanchez, Rebecca Moore Howard, Martha Patton, Carrie Leverenz, Dominic Delli-Carpini, and Stephen Wilhoit, and representatives from Digital WPA, the WPA Editorial Team, and the Consultant Evaluator Program.

Computer Grading - homebrewed

Story out of Columbia, MO:
A sociology prof has designed "SAGrader" software to cut down on redundant comments he has to make on student papers. He got NSF funding to develop it. Check out the "sophisticated" feedback the program can give students (after the prof manually programs the program).

Hopefully the below link will work -- it's an AP story linked on Netscape News.

Dennis Baron's Chronicle of Higher Ed column on the SAT writing exam

In case people missed it, here's a link to Dennis Baron's post to WPA-L that includes the column he wrote on the new SAT writing exam for the Chronicle of Higher Ed.:
http://lists.asu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0505&L=wpa-l&P=R1078&I=-3

Yankton Press and Dakotan Story on Machine Grading

Saturday, April 30, 2005 Story last updated at 12:32 AM on Apr. 30, 2005 Teachers Look To Computers To Critique Student Writing By: By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press Writer Is at http://www.yankton.net/stories/043005/news_20050430022.shtml Reports on Ed Brent's SAGrader. Brent is in the Sociology Department at University of Missouri-Columbia. Here's a relevant excerpt:
Final papers are still handled by Brent and his two teaching assistants, but students are encouraged to use the professor's SAGrader program to give them a better shot of earning an A. "I don't think we want to replace humans," Brent said. "But we want to do the fun stuff, the challenging stuff. And the computer can do the tedious but necessary stuff."

WPA Story Posting Documentation

Greetings WPA website users!

I am part of a group of students here at Purdue University working to develop documentation on how to post stories to this website.

My group and I would be greatly appreciative if you would take a few moments to look at our documentation and note your opinions.

You can find the website at: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~atstone/drupalstories/drupalstories.htm

Some questions you might use as guidelines are:

  1. The placement of images can vary in relation to the text depending on the user’s computer system. How do you feel about the image placement you have seen?
  2. Did you find the steps logical and easy to follow?
  3. Were there any unnecessary screenshots or places where screenshots were needed?
  4. Was there any confusion as to which screenshot corresponds to which step.
  5. Did you think there were any unnecessary steps?
  6. Please let us know any additional comments/suggestions.

We would like very much to hear your input, be it criticism or praise. Feel free to post a comment to this post, or you can also email us at aeckstro@purdue.edu.

Welcome to the Media Update Forum!

The media update forum is for media monitors and media responders to post what they're seeing or hearing and/or doing to respond to stories about writers and writing in mainstream media.

If you have an update, post it here! Let us know what you saw and/or heard and where, and whether you plan to respond to it.

If you've responded to a news story, let us know the focus of the story and what you did to respond. If possible, please also include a copy of your response so that others can see how you addressed the issue.

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