WHO: Writing Program Coordinating Committee
WHERE: UB 231/232
WHEN: Wednesday, April 24 @ 11:30
Texts, Tweets, and Blogs: If the Nature of Writing Has Changed, Do We Need to Change How We Teach Writing?
In the last few years, there has been a great deal of debate about the nature and degree of change in our culture—and our brains—brought about by the widespread use of new technologies. These debates have also touched upon writing. In this Teaching Roundtable, the Writing Program Coordinating Committee would like begin a conversation about the relationship between writing and these new technologies and about whether we as a university need to reconsider our approach to writing in light of these changes. We have chosen a blog post from Richard E. Miller, who is a professor specializing in Literature, New Media, and Writing Studies at Rutgers where he currently serves as the Executive Director of the Plangere Writing Center and Culture Lab. Professor Miller falls into the camp that believes that recent technologies have dramatically altered our culture and that the university must adapt to those changes. You may also get some idea of Professor Miller’s project by following this link (the focus on student writing projects comes around the 8 minute mark).