Critical Technical Literacy Practices & the Management of the Technology Facilities Themselves

Students—as well as administrators and other faculty—often expect classrooms that use or teach computers to treat the computers strictly as tools unconnected to theory... but composition and technical communication classrooms and curricula offer many opportunities for helping us see how complexly computer use *is* articulated to other cultural structures. In this presentation, Wysocki will describe classroom practices from introductory technology and upper level media-development courses in a Humanities curriculum. These classroom practices are meant to encourage students and teachers to think across the grain, to imagine the potential as well as the potential drawbacks of technology-rich instruction. Her talk will include the critical perspective gained by students not officially enrolled in classes (technical assistants recruited from previous classes and student workers in technology-rich facilities). Her efforts to integrate "critical" components into courses that have traditionally emphasized hands-on communication practices have, of course, met with both enthusiasm and resistance, but the lessons learned from students in those courses can be applied to most ES curricula.

Presenter: Anne Wysocki


Target Audience: Not Applicable

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