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Getting Serious about Social Media: Starting a Conversation about Writing Programs & Lifelong Learning in Writing

Bill Hart-Davidson
(Michigan State University)
Jeff Grabill
(Michigan State University)

Social software has made possible a number of important shifts that are important for writers, writing teachers, and writing programs. Social software has made it possible to rethink the idea of "creating conversations" in writing and among those in writing programs. For instance, social software makes more accessible certain behaviors and practices (e.g., connecting, sharing, remixing), making it easier to collaborate and engage in writing work that used to require large organizations and infrastructure to complete. Or consider how important it is for writers to listen, to remix, to achieve "rhetorical velocity." Each is a dynamic made easier and in some cases possible by social software.

In this institute, we will provide participants with tools for understanding social software as a platform for writing, tools that will be useful for course design, larger curricular thinking, and programmatic issues. Participants will have the opportunity to work and play with social software environments designed to support writers and the teaching of writing (designed by WIDE). We will also discuss the implications of social software for writing programs and curriculum design.

This institute will take place in the Temple University Writing Center (where all participants will have computer access). Transportation to and from the Sheraton Society Hill will be provided and is included in registration cost.

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