As our academic semesters come to a close, remember to submit a proposal for the ECWCA Conference at the University of Mount Union, March 4-5! Proposals are due January 17. To view the CFP and submit a proposal, see below or visit the conference website: http://www.ecwca16.com/. Any questions can be sent to ECWCA@mountunion.edu
The ECWCA Board
2016 East Central Writing Centers Association Conference
University of Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio
The groundbreaking article, “A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures,” by the New London Group helped to create contemporary writing centers that assist multimodal composing, or projects that involve textual, aural, linguistic, spatial and/or visual communication. The rise of multimodality in classrooms and workplaces means that writing center consultants may now be called upon to assist not only with traditional academic essays, but also with public speaking, visual and digital design projects, podcasting and other mediums.
In the 2016 ECWCA Conference, the Digital, Written and Oral Communication Studio at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH, invites presenters to consider how the traditional work of writing centers—supporting alphabetic writing—intersects with demands for help with other modes, mediums, and literacies, and how those efforts, in turn, affect our work, identity and research.
Presentations might address (but are not limited to) the following questions:
How do consultations with the addition of new modes, mediums and literacies differ from consultations in earlier days?
How should writing consultants and administrators respond to demands for assistance with literacies such as public speaking, reading, and visual and digital design?
Will new center pedagogies need to be developed to help with a range of modes and literacies beyond alphabetic writing? What might they look like?
Do theoretical and pedagogical approaches to multimodal composing in the classroom and workplace map easily onto writing center contexts? In what ways might these existing approaches change when applied to writing centers?
Must assessment of writing centers adapt and change in response to changes in center services? What might these new assessments look like?
What are potential consequences and benefits of rebranding a writing center as a multiliteracy center?
What space and budget concerns need to be considered before adding support for new areas of literacy?
How should consultant training, education, and support change as our role in supporting literacy changes?
How can individual writing centers leverage movements toward multimodal composing in the curriculum to make changes in their centers? Conversely, how might centers encourage more multimodal instruction in the curriculum?
In what other ways has writing center work changed recently, and how can directors, consultants and staff best respond?
Presentation Formats (all sessions are 75 minutes)
Workshops: Facilitators will provide a focused, activity-based exploration of tangible skills or strategies related to writing center work. Successful workshop proposals will include interactive and reflective elements in large or small group discussions.
Individual Presentations: Presenters should plan to speak for up to 20 minutes on a single topic related to writing center work. Each presenter will be grouped with two others to form a panel on related topics. Questions and discussion will follow the three presentations.
Panel Sessions: Presenters will address a specific issue or topic in writing center work as a group or from multiple perspectives. These sessions typically feature 3 speakers and include 15 minutes for questions and discussion.
Posters: Posters present research results or works-in-progress in a visual display and will be featured in an exhibition in the main conference hall. Presenters will have an opportunity to interact with attendees and answer questions during a designated poster presentation session.
Roundtables: These presentations feature several speakers addressing a specific theme or central question from a variety of angles, and then open the question to discussion with the audience.
Other Presentation Formats: If you have a presentation format in mind that is not included here, please feel free to propose it.
Multimedia: All conference rooms are equipped with multimedia, which includes a projector and a PC/Windows machine with Internet access and PowerPoint installed. Standard VGA cables are also available. If you use PowerPoint, we recommend that you save your presentation to a flash drive or other USB storage device and use the provided Mount Union desktops to make the most of your presentation time.
Submissions are due by Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 11:59 PM EST.
Early submissions encouraged!
For more information about this call for papers,
or call 330-823-4893.