unCommon News (April 2019)
A crowd-powered newsletter for a writing-centered community
Thank you for your continued support of Writing Commons, an open-education resource for instructors and students of writing across the disciplines. Our mission is to provide a high-quality, cost-free resources to support students in the development of writing, research, and critical-thinking practices.
Since its inception, over 8.3 million students and teachers have accessed Writing Commons for help with their writing at school or work.
We are currently working on a major revision to Writing Commons.
One goal is to make the site easier to navigate. Toward that end, we are adopting an alphabetical approach to all content.
While we are still a work in progress, here's what we are thinking about in terms of the top-menu bar:
- Info Lit
- Writing with Sources
Another section we are adding is called Composition Studies. The goal there is to provide a space for both teachers and interested students to take a deeper dive into the theory and research that informs our pedagogy.
Today, we are pleased to announce the publication of two new articles:
Lamothe provides insight into the importance of effective titles and explores first impressions and how these influence the reader’s experience. This piece is an excellent resource for students to assist in the understanding of the importance of effective titles or to accompany a lesson on first impressions.
“Resume Headings” by John Lamothe
This piece by Lamothe provides insight on the importance of headings in a resume, specifically the size, font, style, and layout of the name of the applicant. Lamothe’s work will be a valuable addition to any course in which students are required to write a resume and could be very useful for the student in gaining employment after graduation.
This month’s featured article is “Using First Person in an Academic Essay: When is It Okay?” by Jenna Pack Sheffield, which has attracted 448,295 readers since it was published in 2012. Sheffield discusses the nuances of first person use in academic essays, and it is an excellent resource for any student wondering whether and how to use first person.
Upcoming Conference Call-for-Contribution
The Eighth International Conference on Writing Analytics
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland
Dates: September 5 – 6, 2019 (2 full day)
Keeping pace with ever-changing and developing digital technology is extremely important in writing and in academia. This conference is an excellent opportunity to share and report new ideas based off of research and knowledge gleaned from sharing ideas with experts in the field.
The conference is focused on providing information on the impact of new technology on writing and the teaching of writing. They are asking for submissions that focus on research-based and conceptually-elaborated studies in writing analytics, innovations in tools development, and media and literacy studies.
Submission Deadline: April 21, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2019
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