Composing in Electronic Environments

Composing in Electronic Environments*

As has become clear over the last twenty years, writing in the 21st-century involves the use of digital technologies for several purposes, from drafting to peer reviewing to editing. Therefore, although the kinds of composing processes and texts expected from students vary across programs and institutions, there are nonetheless common expectations.



By the end of first-year composition, students should:

  • Use electronic environments for drafting, reviewing, revising, editing, and sharing texts
  • Locate, evaluate, organize, and use research material collected from electronic sources, including scholarly library databases; other official databases (e.g., federal government databases); and informal electronic networks and internet sources
  • Understand and exploit the differences in the rhetorical strategies and in the affordances available for both print and electronic composing processes and texts

Faculty in all programs and departments can build on this preparation by helping students learn

  • How to engage in the electronic research and composing processes common in their fields
  • How to disseminate texts in both print and electronic forms in their fields

*from The Council of Writing Program Administrators


Concept in 60 Seconds

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Student example of the Concept in 60 assignmentBrief Description: This assignment asks students to use multiple modes and assets to create an audio/video composition that is only 60 seconds long.
Class Time: Five 75-minute meetings
Yield: Two 60-second audio/video composition (the final video and the final video with director's commentary)
Courtesy of: Scott DeWitt, Ohio State
Ingredients:
Equipment:
- A video camera
- A device which records audio
- Video Editing Software (iMovie/WMM)
- Audio Editing Software (Garageband/Audacity)