A crowd-powered newsletter for a writing-centered community.
Issue 7, December, 2012
December has been a milestone month for Writing Commons. On December 3rd, we broke the 2,000 user per day mark with 2,107 unique users!
Perhaps even more exciting than witnessing a great deal of traffic at Writing Commons is observing from where this traffic is originating: we truly are developing a global audience for our authors. Besides the United States, Writing Commons is receiving interest from writers in Canada, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. In November writers from the Philippines visited Writing Commons 2,943 times, representing the third most frequently visiting nation. The 15 users from Myanmar who accessed Writing Common in November found the help they needed, represented by an average visit duration of more than 21 minutes! The solitary user from the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) also found what he or she was looking for and stayed for 20 minutes, surfing between 3 of our pages.
We are thrilled that our community has grown so much over the last year, particularly in regard to our global neighbors. We are constantly working to improve the quality and scope of our content so that we can better serve the needs of our global community of writers. As always, we want to hear from you about how we can meet your needs as a writer or about what makes your corner of the writing community unique and special, particularly if you're one of our overseas participants!
In this issue we will explore:
- Writing Program Profile: the University of Arizona
- Traffic Report
- Calls for Papers
- Social Media
Writing Program Profile: the University of Arizona
- We are dedicated to producing local and national research on the teaching of writing and Writing Program Administration.
- We emphasize rhetoric as central to the mission of our courses, including spatial and visual rhetorics.
- We publish our own custom textbooks that speak to students and help our program to integrate locally important issues.
- We are a program that believes in the talents of our teachers with mentoring and support coming from a professional team of Faculty Supervisors, WPAs, and Writing Program Staff.
The Traffic Report
The top 10 Writing Commons articles accessed were:
- Literay Criticism
- Rogerian Argument
- our Writers Wanted section
- Ad Analysis
- APA footnotes
- Using the First Person in an Academic Essay: When is it Okay?
- Rhetorical Appeals
- Understanding How Converations Chage Over Time
- Think Rheotically
The top 10 search engine key-word search terms that our visitors used to find Writing Commons were:
- APA footnote
- APA title page template
- Examples of autobiography
- Cause and effect topics
- Autobiography example
- Cover page template
- Third person point of view
- Rhetorical appeals
- APA Title page emplate
The top 10 social media sources of traffic for Writing Commons were:
Each user accessing Writing Commons is a vote for the relevance, quality, and scholastic value of every article published, and that article could be yours. So send in your work and enjoy the benefits of 40,000 readers a month.
Forms of Academic Writing
Writers Emphasize Complexity
Writing is an Ongoing Conversation
Writing is a Process
What is an Argument?
Visual Rhetoric and Cultural Lenses
Writing a Rhetorical Analysis
Research as Conversation
Research as Discovery
Summarizing and Paraphrasing
Formulating a Thesis
Making and Supporting Claims
Considering the Opposing Side
Considering Audience, Purpose, and Genre
Classical Argument Structure
Tracing a Logical Progression
Introductions and Conclusions
Citing Your Sources
Writing Helpful Peer Reviews
Making the Most of Peer Feedback
Making the Most of Instructor Feedback
Submissions will be between 500 and 1,000 words, and will take advantage of the capabilities offered by the digital space (i.e., the ability to include Creative Commons-licenced images, to embed YouTube or other videos, to hyperlink, etc).
Topics may address:
- What is information literacy? (an introduction to the concept)
- Determining what information you need
- Approaching online sources / conducting research online
- Identifying credible electronic sources
- Discovering and using library databases
- Understanding best resources for research
- An annotated list of electronic databases that first-year undergraduate students might find particularly useful
- Understanding the place of place of resources like Wikipedia in the research process
- Distinguishing between different types of sources (i.e., an edited collection, a book, a journal article, etc.)
- Understanding the connection between writing and research
- Citation Mining
- Avoiding plagiarism and citing correctly
- Formatting according to Chicago style
- Formatting according to Harvard style
Keep up with Writing Commons using your favorite social networking sites.
Writing Commons has its own Facebook site, where we keep our status and postings relevant to the latest site information, as well as news about the greater Open Education Resource community.
Writing Commons is also available on Twitter using @writingcommons and #writingcommons.
Writing Commons' tweets consist of answers to students' most common writing questions, such as "What's a paragraph supposed to have?" and "What's an argument, again?" Each tweet is hyper-linked to our Writing Commons blog, where Writing Commons staff provides succinct, accessible answers and helpful examples.
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