Published on 6/14/2012 2:30:00 AM
Sara Kajder, a clinical assistant professor of English Education at the School of Education, recently gave a presentation on writing in the digital age, the subject of which is featured in today's University Times
. (An excerpt from the article follows below.)
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New digital tools and “spaces” for writers are forcing teachers to rethink exactly what writing is as today’s students embrace digital, multimodal forms of communication, a School of Education faculty member told colleagues recently in a presentation, “Real Reasons to Write: Engaging and Motivating Student Writers.”
The talk by English education faculty member Sara Kajder was part of a recent Summer Instructional Development Institute hosted on campus by Pitt’s Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education.
Digital writing, Kajder said, “is anything that involves the computer or some type of digital tool that’s going to allow you to hop online.”
In thinking about digital communication, faculty need to ponder what it means to write digitally, as well as how to create meaningful opportunities for students to do that sort of digital composing, and how to assess their work. Digital communication is a different task that requires assessment different from other forms of writing, she said.
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To read more about Kajder’s lessons learned, digital tools, and teaching must haves, click through to “Teaching Writing in the Digital Age” on the University Times
. Video of her presentation is also available for viewing