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Computers and Writing

Mike Palmquist

Colorado State University

Mike.Palmquist@ColoState.edu

Scholars in the area of computers and writing address issues related to the use of technologies to support writing and the teaching of writing. As early as the 1960s, members of the field of English Studies considered how computers might be used to support writing instruction, initially through computer-aided instruction programs such as IBM’s Teaching Machines Project and the Plato Project’s TUTOR, as well as the somewhat later TICCIT program, and later through the development of custom programs (for early work in CAI within English Studies, see Burns, 1977; Nold, 1975; Selfe and Wahlstrom, 1979, 1983; and Yerkey, 1976). By the late1970s, researchers and teachers were exploring the use of word processing technologies. Arguably, research within English Studies had a significant impact on the rise of the modern word processor (for early work in the field, see the essays in William Wresch’s 1984 collection, Computers in English Class: Finally Beyond Grammar and Drills; for reviews of later work, see Bridwell and Ross, 1984; and Hawisher, 1986, 1988). Key areas of study have included:

 

  • style and grammar checkers
  • commenting and review systems
  • network-based communication
  • hypertext and hypermedia
  • contemporary digital literacies
  • online writing labs and writing services
  • digital writing environments
  • computer-based writing assessment
  • social media and social networking
  • intersections of technology, race, gender, and class
  • computer-supported classrooms, blended classes, and online classes

 

Leading Journals 

Computers and Composition http://computersandcomposition.osu.edu

Computers and Composition Online http://www.bgsu.edu/cconline/home.htm

Kairos A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy http://kairos.technorhetoric.net

RhetNet (archived) http://wac.colostate.edu/rhetnet 

Relevant Organizations

NCTE Assembly on Computers in English http://aceworkshop.org

CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication http://www.ncte.org/cccc/committees/7cs

Computers and Writing Clearinghouse http://computersandwriting.org

Relevant Email Discussion Lists

TechRhet http://www.interversity.org/lists/techrhet/

WPA-L http://www.wpacouncil.org/wpa-l

WCenter-L http://writingcenters.org/resources/starting-a-writing-cente/#Mail





 

 

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