A crowd-powered newsletter for a writing-centered community.
Issue 10, March, 2013
This month we are happy to announce that Duke University has adopted Writing Commons for its new, Gates-Foundation funded, Composition MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Duke's MOOC, English Composition I: Achieving Expertise, will teach students "to read critically, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, and craft powerful prose that meets readers’ expectations." Duke's pedagogy will focus on the nature of expertise itself, encouraging students to question and interact with the concepts of what it means to be an expert, what it means to succeed, and how success and expertise are achieved in the context of personal interests. With more than 47,000 students already enrolled in the course, we are thrilled at the opportunity to engage and enable so many writers. We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Denise Comer from Duke for helping make this partnership a reality. (Go Blue Devils!)
- Staff News
- Writing Program Profile: Auburn University
- Traffic Report
- Social Media
Writing Commons welcomes two new staff members, Jack Hennes (Web Assistant) and Jason Tham (Web Design and Advertisements). Joining us from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, Jack and Jason are doing excellent work developing promotional materials, our web presence beyond our home-site, and our digital footprint. Jack and Jason are also helping us spread beyond the halls of the University of South Florida, where it all began, bringing with them invaluable alternative perspectives and ideas - the essence of crowd sourcing. Check out some of Jason's excellent work below, and Jack's work developing Writing Commons' Wikipedia page.
Writing Program Profile: Auburn University's Master of Technical and Professional Communication
The Traffic Report
February's traffic continued its upward momentum. Though a short month, we had over 70,000 visits which represents another new milestone for us. February 25th was our most popular day with a total of 3,622 visits. After the United States, the top-ten visiting countries were:
For writers seeking readers Writing Commons provides exciting new opportunities: Not only can you write web-texts for underdeveloped aspects of the site, you can help us stretch the fabric of the textbook. By this we mean that we are open to publishing movies, podcasts, and other mixed media. Surprise us!
Keep up with Writing Commons using your favorite social networking sites.
Writing Commons has its own Facebook page, where we keep our status and postings relevant to the latest site information as well as news about the greater Open Education Resource community.
And 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 an argument, again?" 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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