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unCommon News

A crowd-powered newsletter for a writing-centered community

May/June, 2013

Dear Friends,

We hope you're having a terrific summer—a summer full of meaningful work and great times with family and friends.  In this newsletter, we explore:

  • Recent Publications
  • The Traffic Report
  • Georgia Tech — Welcome!
  • Computers & Writing Conference Join Us! 
  • Call for Papers
  • Social Media

The Traffic Report

As you can see from the table below, Writing Commons continues to be a popular resource for students and teachers.  On May 28th, we reached a new milestone when 10,356 visitors accessed 62,045 pages and downloaded 1.97 GB in content.  We're gratified to see our resources being used by students and faculty worldwide.  

Under "Applications" (top navigational bar), we are linking to syllabi and university writing programs that are employing Writing Commons with hopes of illustrating how our resource can be used in a range of college-level courses. Please do let us know if you are using or plan to use Writing Commons  so we can feature your work.

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Recent Publications

 For April and May we have three new webtexts to celebrate:


Georgia Tech — Welcome!

Given our mission to be a global, open-education resource for college-level writers, we are happy to welcome students from Georgia Tech's First-Year Composition 2.0 MOOC.  As discussed at https://www.coursera.org/course/gtcompthis course introduces students to written, visual, and oral communication at the college-level.  The map below, prepared by Professors Karen Head and Rebecca Burnett (Co-PIs) and Andy Frazee (Google Hangout Facilitator), illustrates the global reach of this experimental course. 

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 Call for Papers

Teachers, please share with us your expertise.  You can find the most up-to-date submission information and Call for Papers (CFPs) at our Contribute page. Our past CFPs have focused on academic argumentsinformation literacy, and professional and technical writingWe seek new and interesting webtexts to expand the breadth and depth of what we can offer our global community of writers.

This summer, in keeping with our mission to be a viable textbook choice for college-level writers across the disciplines, we are featuring a call for papers on creative writing pedagogy. For details, please visit https://writingcommons.org/about/writers-wanted/call-for-articles-creative-writing.  If you have questions about this call, please contact Dianne Donnelly, our Creative Writing Editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Thanks to our global readership, you can potentially help thousands of students every day.  

Computers & Writing Conference — Welcome

The Writing Commons staff is excited to attend Computers and Writing 2013: Mechanization and Writing hosted by Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. Quentin, Jack, and Jason welcome you to a casual meet-and-greet dinner at Dante’s Bar on Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Stop by to learn more about Writing Commons or even just to say hello. We look forward to seeing you in Frostburg! 

Social Media

Visit us at Facebook page. View newsfeeds regarding Writing Commons and updates about the greater Open Education Resource community.

Don't forget to connect with Writing Commons 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 Rogerian argument?" Each tweet is hyperlinked to our Writing Commons blog where Writing Commons staff members provide succinct, accessible answers and helpful examples.

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