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key issues/terms list

Based on your search assignment last week, where you picked a term — “digital scholarship” or “multimodal composition” (or related) — here’s the list of key issues we created in class tonight:

  • consumers vs. producers
  • generational issues
  • copyright/legal issues
  • who is doing digital media?
  • interdisciplinary uses (tech writing, science, math, poetry, psych)
  • education uses and resistance
  • publication in digital journals/litmags
  • preservation — what will happen to e-texts?
  • tools
  • data collection – e/valuation
  • ethical research practices
  • remixing
  • multimodal instruction sets
  • lack of standards for digital scholarship
  • pedagogy: what gets replaced?
  • in vs. out of school writing
  • devaluing multimodal literacies
  • how do we convince others of its value?
  • how do we/I/you understand // reading and assessment practices
  • which mode/medium/technology/genre to use when and for what audience (“rhetorical choices”)
  • credibility issues (“schmooze” factor)
  • digital literacies (who is digitally literate and who isn’t?)

Then, in our list of what we didn’t find in our searches and hoped/expected to find:

  • definition(s) of multimodal composition
  • digital rhetoric journals
  • discussions of interactivity
  • academic vs. popular texts
  • hoped for more “webtexts”, but found more links to books, articles
  • disciplinarity question (why is MM comp in English?)
  • media literacy courses (why not have an equivalent of Eng 101, Com 110 in media literacy?)
  • Second Life
  • who should we be reading?
  • who are our examples?
  • is there a canon?

search/term assignment

As promised, here’s a little more description about your blog response homework assignment about identifying three key terms/issues in our fields of study for this class. You need to search the internet, or library databases, or YouTube, or some combination thereof to find three reputable sources (as discussed in class) about one of the following terms: multimodal composition, digital scholarship, born-digital. You may also choose to modify these terms to your suiting, as long as they relate generally to the field and the class. (Read the About section for related terms.) Once you’ve found these three readings, summarize them (in about a paragraph), give a citation in some form (title, author, link to the text), and make sure to point out to us what your three key terms/issues about multimodal composition/digital scholarship you’ve gleaned from these readings. If you have questions, leave a comment on the blog.