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Join a Webinar on Teaching Writing as an Information Art, 2/28

Written by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
February 28, 2011

One of the occasional topics at Writer Response Theory are the ways in which digital environments are impacting the writing classroom. In an upcoming webinar, several scholars will be proposing a reconceptualization of composition as an Information Art. Join this free webinar to see what this might mean for our curriculum and classrooms. The event will be archived online at DML Central and, with permission, posted in Digital Is.

Webinar: Teaching Writing as an Information Art
a webinar roundtable discussion
Feb. 28, 9am PST/12pm EST

50 minutes. Cost: FREE
Online or on campus (@ USC ACB 238)
Twitter: #infoarts

To participate, click this link a few minutes before the webinar:


Katherine D. Harris (San Jose State U),

Elizabeth Losh (UC San Diego),
 Mark Marino (USC),

and Dave Parry (UT Dallas)

Sponsored by

DML Central


University of Southern California Writing Program,

The Center for Scholarly Technology,
 and The Center for Transformative Scholarship


Contemporary writing courses have been taking on computational tools, from word processors to wikis, for over two decades now, and for a large portion of that time, the tools have taken center stage. However, contemporary talk of media “literacies” has changed the place of tools in the classroom — or rather, has reframed the role of language as information. When students begin to study the role of words as tags, metadata, or search optimizing keywords, they are studying not just semantic structures but the logic and rhetoric of the flow of information. This panel discusses the idea of reframing those courses and their lessons under the title of Information Arts.

Come join the roundtable discussion as we explore the implications of this reconceptualization of the contemporary writing course.