A casual video review of George Pullman and Baotong Gu's edited collection, Designing Web-Based Applications for
21st Century Writing Classrooms (Baywood Publishing, 2013).
When I was asked to
produce a “more
casual” media review for Kairos, I had grand and elaborate ideas of becoming
the ZeFrank of
academic book reviews. That didn’t exactly happen. I imagine that Ze
would not have the difficulties I had pronouncing Karl Stolley’s name (see my outtakes at the end of the video),
which reminded me of the old Bugs Bunny gag about “Hansel.” Rather, I ended up trying to match the
tone I might take when talking about a work with a colleague (albeit in
monologue form). The video was shot on my 2011 Macbook Pro and edited
with the cloud-based WeVideo.
Graphics were made in Keynote.
Readers/viewers might note that many authors mentioned in this review are male or genderless collectives such as research centers. This reflects both the collaborative nature of the articles in this book (many collectives), as well as a heavily, though certainly not exclusive, male authorship. I’d like to take a moment and acknowledge both the difficulty and importance of including diverse voices in any collection, but particularly one about writing and the web.
Designing Web-Based Applications Table of Contents
Introduction George Pullman and Baotong Gu
PART 1 Writing Environments
CHAPTER 1 Theorizing and Building Online Writing Environments: User-Centered Design Beyond the Interface Michael McLeod, William Hart-Davidson, and Jeffrey Grabill
CHAPTER 2 : An Electronic Writing Space Ron Balthazor, Christy Desmet, Alexis Hart, Sara Steger, and Robin Wharton
CHAPTER 3 Redevelop, Redesign, and Refine: Expanding the Functionality and Scope of TTOPIC into Raider Writer Robert Hudson and Susan M. Lang
CHAPTER 4 The Role of Metaphor in the Development of an Instructional Writing Environment Mike Palmquist
CHAPTER 5 Creating Complex Web-Based Applications with Agile Techniques: Iterations as Drafts Matt Penniman and Michael Wojcik
PART 2 Individual, Standalone Applications
CHAPTER 6 Visualizing Knowledge Work with Google Wave Brian J. McNely and Paul Gestwicki
CHAPTER 7 Students Playing as Scholars and Selves: Academic Synthesis as Conversation Game David Fisher and Joe Williams
CHAPTER 8 Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Web-Based Instructional Application for Technical Communication Classes David Chapman
CHAPTER 9 Supplementing a Professional Writing Course with an Interactive Self-Learning Document Design Tutorial Suguru Ishizaki, Stacie Rohrbach, and Laura Scott
CHAPTER 10 Developing a Web-Served Handbook for Writers Stephen A. Bernhardt
PART 3 Open-Source Modifications
CHAPTER 11 Peersourcing the PIT Journal: The Technosocial Pedagogical Hooks and Layers of Collaborative Publishing The PIT Core Publishing Collective
CHAPTER 12 Blogs as an Alternative to Course Management Systems: Public, Interactive Teaching with a Round Peg in a Square Hole Steven D. Krause
CHAPTER 13 Developing a Course Wiki for Accessibility and Sustainability Karl Stolley
CHAPTER 14 An Interface for Interaction Design: Using Course Wikis to Build Knowledge Communities Steven T. Benninghoff
LeBlanc, Paul J. (1993). Writing teachers writing software: Creating our place in the electronic age. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.
Douglas Walls is an assistant
professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric and core faculty member
of the Text and Technology program at the University of Central
Florida. His research interests include access; the intersections of
digital and cultural rhetorics; and social media. His work has appeared
in both traditional and new media forms in Computers and
Composition, Kairos: A Journal
of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and the
Journal of Business and Technical Communication. Walls can be
on twitter @wallsdouglas.