I teach computer mediated communication at the University of Albany. I am always looking for activities that will connect my students to the real work so that 1) they can get feedback from someone other than just myself and their classmates, who they will end up getting to know very well in class, and 2) so they can see how what we learn in class can be used in the real world.
This is the reason I decided to use #digiwrimo to work on online writing. Surprisingly, this is a topic rarely covered in CMC classes. I will be focusing on audience, format, message, and medium. We will begin with a twitterchat from 3:00-3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time.
Then we will discuss the different forms of digital writing I have examples of for this class. These examples include writing for academic audiences, writing instructions, writing for a professional audience, writing for mobile technology, writing for social media, and writing for video clips. Part of the writing process will be getting feedback on their writing and measuring its impact.
Finally, students will be asked to choose 3 mediums and produce writing for each. In preparing for their writing, they will need to include who the audience is, their message, special features/considerations for digital platform they've chosen, and how they will measure impact (this worksheet will be available on Googledocs).
They will then share their digital writing via twitter, linkedin, and facebook.
- V Yonkers
- Education, the knowledge society, the global market all connected through technology and cross-cultural communication skills are I am all about. I hope through this blog to both guide others and travel myself across disciplines, borders, theories, languages, and cultures in order to create connections to knowledge around the world. I teach at the University level in the areas of Business, Language, Communication, and Technology.