This blog is for those teaching composition to students who are returning to college to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Hi All,I suggest that we go ahead with our original idea of collecting an assortment of essays, books, news reports, and web sites or on-line publications that would be potentially of interest to adult undergraduates in an introductory writing class or an advanced writing class. In other words, we would start collecting an assortments of texts that could be eventually collected into an edited book for use in an actual class. We could invite participants to share ideas about the readings that they have used in their own undergraduate writing classes for adult learners. We can mention three books that we know about as previously published readers/ textbooks for adult undergraduates. Two are by Karen Uehling. The first is titled Starting Over. And Karen, what is the second title? I definitely think Karen should be named as a facilitator at this SIG! She could present her two previously published books and discuss some of the issues that she had when she collected the essay for her book. The second book I know if is Responsibilities by Ed Quinn (who is my husband). If you want, I can bring a couple of copies of that book and show them to you at the SIG next year. We should include multimodal writing in the proposal: I think we should include multi-modal written pieces so that we can be up-to-date, and not just rely on print sources. I propose that we include multimodal writing or multimodal texts in our SIG proposal. Facilitators can be named along with the Chair of the SIG: I also suggest that we include several people's names as conversation facilitators in case anyone might need a mention in the program for the purpose of getting college funding to go to CCCC.
I think Barbara's ideas are terrific. The multimodal piece is a great addition. We are moving towards using e-portfolios in some of our capstone classes and those are encouraging students to recognize the interaction between forms of communication, but they need models to better achieve effective integration. Having those models integrated into the text would be a good learning tool for them.
This year only chairs will be listed in the program, so please let me know if I should list you as a co-chair. My current list of participants is as follows, let me know if I should add or drop you. Thanks, Michelleco-chairs: Michelle Navarre Cleary and Sonia Feder-Lewisfacilitators: Barbara Gleason, Karen S. Uehling,Kimme Nuckles, Linda Bender, Katie Wozniak, Steffanie Triller, Mary Ann Crawford, Lynn Reid, Amy Edwards -- who am I forgetting?
Barbara, thanks for suggesting me as a facilitator. (The titles of my books are listed at the top of this blog.) Yes, I want to be involved and I love the ideas presented so far. I'm not sure I will have travel money next spring, but then who is? I have taught a graduate comp/rhet course on teaching adult learners, and I think we worked some in that class on what to include in a reader. One thought this raises, is who is the target audience? Other than however we define an adult, is this the very beginning student in FYW, a business student, or some other kind of student--and at what kind of institution? In any case, I do have ideas about what to include that may appeal to adult learners, so please count me in as a facilitator.