Posted by: Brittany | May 20, 2010

C&W 2010: Composing Digital Scholarship Workshop

Below are some links mentioned today during the Composing Digital Scholarship that are interesting and I want to return to.



Sorapure’s Interface Site:

Wave: Web Accessibility:

Computers and Composition: Digital Press:

International Journal of Learning and Media:

Posted by: Brittany | May 2, 2010

The Dissertation (pre-defense)

100 wordsIn 100 Words

Posted by: Brittany | May 2, 2010

Chapter 1 Wordle

Chapter 1’s 100 most common words:

Top 100 words of Chapter 1

Posted by: Brittany | May 2, 2010

Chapter 2 Wordle

Here is what Chapter 2 is all about (in 100 words or less):

Chapter 2 in 100 Words

Posted by: Brittany | May 2, 2010

Chapter 3 Wordle

A Wordle of Chapter 3:

Top 100 Words in Chapter 3Yes, there are some clear similarities.

Posted by: Brittany | April 25, 2010

Chapter 4 Wordle

Here’s the Wordle for Chapter 4.

Top 100 words from chapter 4

Huh, you’d think this whole thing had something to do with portfolios…

Posted by: Brittany | April 25, 2010

Chapter 5 Wordle

So after six months of no blogging (and over a year of not blogging for a period of time), I figure I am wrapping up the dissertation formatting today and in doing so am capturing some Word(le)-Art to better understand what I have produced.  I’m proofing from the final chapter to the first so more will follow.

Top 100 Words

Posted by: Brittany | October 11, 2009


This morning I’m finishing up chapter 2 revision (which turned more into a rework of the entire thing) and came across some points in Richard Selfe’s chapter “Sustaining Multimodal Composition” that I want to make sure to come back to.  I suppose the quote below also speaks directly to my blogging (lack there of) in recent months.

“Sustainability is a key concern for English studies professionals because the rapid pace of technology innovation means that computer-supported instruction continues to be exploratory.  If teachers don’t have ongoing opportunities to learn, explore, evaluate, and re-try new digitally based pedagogies, they will not only have a difficult time deeloping the expertise, pacing, and management skills needed to make multimodal composing meaningul in terms of instruction, but, perhaps more importantly, in maintaining such efforts” (167)Sus

Posted by: Brittany | April 8, 2009

Research Reflection

I wonder if one of the reasons I’m having problems getting students to volunteer for an interview is because I left the time open to them.  I wonder if I should try a group interview.  I wonder if I should email individual students and say “You said you consented to an interview.  Will you attend an interview at x:xx?”  I’m frustrated.  Many of these students are going to be leaving in just a few short weeks and so far I have 2 interviews.  Today is interview number 3 though so I guess that’s good. I’m still frustrated clearly.  I shouldn’t be.  I just need to revise my initial thoughts about data collection.

Posted by: Brittany | April 7, 2009


Research is frustrating!  So far I’ve had five students volunteer to be interviewed for my study.  I’m observing classes and this is good, and I thought “five is better than none!”  Then things started to happen.  The first participant couldn’t make her interview time which was fine, but she didn’t reschedule either.  That mean that yesterday was my first official interview with a participant and it actually went well and rather quickly.  I am supposed to observe today and interview two participants, but I just got an email from one of my two participants saying that she’d like to withdraw her consent to participant in interviews – though she did say that I could still use her portfolio (which I guess is good).  I think the other participant I’m interviewing today will still participate, and I do have another interview tomorrow.  Regardless, I am frustrated and surprised by the number (or lack there of) of participants.

And in other news, I can’t stop thinking about my research.  I tried to sleep an extra 30 minutes this morning because I was exhausted and then couldn’t fall back asleep because I was thinking about my research.  Perhaps this is normal but I like sleeping and don’t really like having racing thoughts.

Deep breath.  Must compose myself before I head off to observe.

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