Computers and Writing ’07: Virtual Urbanism
12.2 Spring 2008
Cheryl Ball and Beth Hewett, Co-Editors
- In this issue, the Topoi section of Kairos is pleased to showcase three webtexts originating from the 2007 Computers and Writing Conference (C&W) in Detroit.
- Special announcement: This is the last issue that will be devoted to the proceedings of the C&W conference.
- Kairos Awards, Workshops & Other Announcements: We invite people to submit nominations for the Kairos Awards, given annually at the Computers and Writing Conference. Kairos gives awards for best webtext (which does not have to be a Kairos-based webtext), best academic weblog, and three awards (co-sponsored by Bedford/St.Martin's Press) which recognize outstanding service, teaching, and scholarship among graduate students and adjuncts.
David Fisher, David Russell, Joseph Williams, and Dan Fisher
In this webtext we argue that the way in which an educational content/course management system (CMS) is configured and deployed can provide students with the sense that they are immersed in a time-space (or chronotope) that is different from the chronotope they experience in traditional classrooms.
Curtis Hisayasu and Jentery Sayers
In this argument, we show how geoblogging can be used to construct complex, process-based writing situations. Far from simply replicating academic conventions, geolocational approaches contextualize acts of analysis and composition by mapping them as practices onto a larger socio-cultural landscape. On this virtual surface, students learn to locate the forms and functions of academic writing within the actual spaces that they live in.
Robert Dornsife and Russel Wiebe
"(just) words" finds a theme in the idea of language heard and overheard. We don't claim to be original, to find the origin of language, or even the orality of language. Instead we consider the un-originality of language by speaking of the plagiarists in our classes, on our TV screens, in our poems, art works, and daily lives--indeed everywhere in which language is (just) words.
Karen J. Lunsford, Jane Faulkner, Alison Bright, Vicki Chu, James K. Ford, Steve Miley, Cassandra M. Nichols, and Mary Lourdes Silva
In this account, we describe a pilot project that our team has been working on at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), since August 2006. Our campus has been piloting various open source course management systems (CMSs), including one called Sakai.
Handheld media devices from mobile phones to iPods and other mp3 media players are common sights on college campuses. Though one might imagine that students would wish to keep their personal media devices separate from their schoolwork, it was actually student initiative that began the iTunes University project.
A central tenet in the emerging mythos of the high-tech universe is that the initial incarnation of a product tends to be rather unpolished.
Drew M. Loewe
Barbara Warnick seeks to map new research agendas for rhetorical understanding and criticism of online public discourse.
Review of Eloquent Images: Word and Image in the Age of New Media by Mary E. Hocks and Michelle R. Kendrick
The theme of the book centers on the idea that new media should not be described as a revolution, but rather should be considered more like an evolution.
Martine Courant Rife
One of my professional goals as a composition and rhetoric teacher and researcher is to use rhetoric or concepts from rhetoric in order to make the argument that rhetoricians are very handy people to have available for consultation.
Bob Whipple and Douglas Eyman, C & W Review Editors
Thirty-five reviews of sessions, workshops and keynotes, along with four reviews of the conference experience as a whole, this review inaugurates the Computers and Writing Conference Reviews in the Kairos Wiki.