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CCCOER Feb Webinar: Writing Commons - An Open Textbook Community for College-Level Writers

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CCCOER Feb Webinar: Writing Commons - An Open Textbook Community for College-Level Writers

Time: February 28, 2012 from 9am to 10:30am
Location: online Pacific Time Zone
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Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Una Daly, CCCOER Outreach Manager
Latest Activity: Feb 29, 2012

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Writing Commons provides free access to an award-winning college textbook that was initially published by a major publisher.  Why should we ask students to pay $100 for a textbook when we can provide them with a free real-time resource like WritingCommons.Org?

Writing Commons aspires to be a community for writers, a creative learning space for students in courses that require college-level writing, and a creative, interactive space for teachers to share resources and pedagogy.

Come hear
Joe Moxley, (who directs First-Year Composition Program at the University of South Florida, which was awarded the 2011/12 Certificate of Excellence by NCTE) founder and "Chief Executive of Openness," on the mission of Writing Commons
Karen Langbehn, Social Pedagogy Editor, will discuss the comprehensive writing resources available for students and teachers
Quentin Vieregge, Managing Editor, will share how interested writers can make contributions to The Commons  
Katelin Kaiser, an undergraduate student, will reflect on the benefits she sees with an open and free composition book such as Writing Commons  

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More Info on Writing Commons:

The core text of Writing Commons is a derivative work of College Writing Online, originally published by Pearson in 2003 and a recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Book Award by Computers and Composition: an International Journal. Thanks to our distinguished editorial board and review editors, Writing Commons seeks to further develop the site via peer production and peer review.  By working collaboratively, we aspire to develop a new kind of writing textbook, a textbook not written by a single author in the “old-school” way but by us, by a crowd of people, with common goals and uncommon knowledge, who believe in a new genre for textbooks

We are developing a new genre of the writing textbook, a resource not written by a single author but by a crowd of people--an interactive, co-authored, and peer-produced resource that can be easily edited and that is readily accessible on the phone, PDA, or netbook of the ever-changing needs of any college-level writer. This interactivity allows to use multimedia learning tools to reach the next generation of learners: students learn by doing, especially via media-rich environments.

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Comment by Una Daly on February 29, 2012 at 12:05pm

If you missed this very informative presentation by Dr. Joe Moxley and the Writing Commons Staff, you can listen to the archive at:

The slides are posted to slideshare below.

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