unCommon News (January 2015)
unCommon News (January, 2015)
A crowd-powered newsletter for a writing-centered community
I'm happy to share some great news: thanks to the generous support of USF Global at the University of South Florida, we will be webcasting Digital Writing Tools for Global Citizens on 1/16/15 (see agenda). To access the webcast on 1/16/15, go to https://netcast.usf.edu and then select The Live Feed Areas.
Remarkably, during 2014, Writing Commons was accessed by 1,194,505 unique users who accessed over 2,091,027 pages. Since January 2012, after moving from https://collegewriting.org, we've welcomed over 2,436,072 users. Our readership has expanded exponentially over the past three years. In early 2012, we were delighted to be averaging about 200 users a day; by midyear that number had grown to 500 users a day. During the last three months of 2012, we averaged over 1,500 users a day. By March 2013, we moved from 1,500 users a day to 3,000 users a day. For 2014, we averaged about 5,245 users a day. Following the United States, visitors predominantly came from the Philippines, Canada, United Kingdom, India, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Germany.
The widespread, international adoption of Writing Commons underscores the power of author in the digital age, demonstrating academics don't need textbook publishers to reach broad audiences. Writing Commons provides powerful evidence for the value and power of peer production, especially when you consider the core of Writing Commons, the text originally published as College Writing Online (Pearson 2003) was used by fewer than 1,000 students.
For 2015, we hope to continue growing Writing Commons, so that it can serve as the free, required textbook for any college-level writing course. Last year, we published 22 original webtexts following a rigorous yet timely peer review process. For 2015, we hope you will consider writing for us. Please review Contribute and share your pedagogical resources with our worldwide audience of writing instructors.
Plugs, Play, Pedagogy Podcast
Episode 5 of the Plugs, Play, Pedagogy podcast is live: Grumble, Grumble: The Pitfalls of Gaming Pedagogy. It’s the 2nd of a 2-part series on games and teaching that host Kyle Stedman (Rockford University) co-edited with Stephanie Vie (University of Central Florida). In two lengthy interviews, you’ll hear discussions of the promise and problems of using World of Warcraft in classes on rhetoric and writing, warnings about the unexamined cultural baggage that games can embody, and thoughts on why play is such a scary concept for so many people. Listen on Writing Commons, or subscribe on iTunes.
Plugs, Play, Pedagogy Podcast
Digital Writing Tools for Global Citizens: 1/16/15
Are you interested in ways digital tools are altering composing, collaboration, research, publication? This free colloquium is intended for Writing Program Administrators and researchers in Writing Studies. This colloquium explores and celebrates the impact that digital writing tools have on the act, study, teaching, and assessment of writing. We are especially curious to evaluate ways digital tools globalize writing pedagogy, research, practice, and literacies. As we look across programs, universities, and continents, we wonder how we can leverage the big data that is aggregated by some digital tools to measure the development and transfer of cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal competencies. Register on Eventbrite.
Aaron Swartz Award
To help celebrate the works of our authors, please vote for Aaron Swartz Award for the best webtext published at Writing Commons in 2014.
The winner of the Aaaron Swartz Award will be announced at Computers & Writing 2015, 5/28 to 5/31/15, University of Wisconsin Stout.
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