In the Feb. 2016 Research in the Teaching of English, Amy Stornaiuolo and Robert Jean LeBlanc introduce the concept of scalar analysis as a heuristic for investigating how literacy practices circulate and change in value across a stratified global universe.
In the Fall 2015 issue of Computers and Composition, Tiffany Bourelle, Andrew Bourelle, and Sherry Rankins-Robertson discuss a pilot program at Arizona State University that incorporates undergraduate instructional assistants into online “mega-sections” of first-year writing in order to decrease costs without diminishing student learning or increasing faculty workload. http://tinyurl.com/pqtv4k2
Writing in the July issue of Computers and Composition, Takayoshi argues that composition studies has paid too little attention to increasingly common and prominent forms of communication like the Facebook postings and chats she analyzes. Such writing, she says, deserves empirical study, especially with regard to “what writers do” as they compose. She urges supplementing what she sees as composition’s longstanding “social turn” with fine-grained examination of actual writers’ processes working with current technologies in order to better understand how these processes relate to the composing processes taught in college writing classrooms. The two case studies she presents illustrate the complexity and rhetorical awareness underlying these short forms. http://wp.me/p5NPq1-2O
Stephanie Cox, Jennifer Black, Jill Heney, and Melissa Keith, in Teaching English in the Two-Year College. provide strategies to overcome some of the limitations of online feedback. They focus on enhancing “presence”: “social,” “cognitive,” and “teacher presence,” with special attention the rhetorical canon of delivery. Visit the blog and share your online strategies for feedback!