Adults Online: Welcoming Digital Immigrants to the Land of Online Writing Instruction. CCCC 2014, 3/19-3/22 (Indianapolis, IN)

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Sonia Feder-Lewis, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
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4-5 papers are being sought for the following CCCC 2014 ( session proposal:

Adults Online: Welcoming Digital Immigrants to the Land of Online Writing Instruction

As adult learners enter the classroom in ever increasing numbers, 44% of current students in higher education are 24 years of age or older (Eduventure, 2007). Many of these students are now taking classes in online environments. While the youngest among them may be digital natives, familiar since childhood with technology and the internet, most of these students have crossed the technology border as adults, immigrating into the land of wikis, blogs, chat boxes, bubble comments, podcasts, links, threads, and tweets. How can we, as teachers, engage these students successfully, and help them acculturate in their new environment, while also bringing them the writing instruction and skills they need to succeed as students and as writers in the diverse roles their complicated lives demand? This session will explore multiple modes of student/student and student/teacher interactions and strategies based on principles of adult learning theory in practice in online composition instruction.

If you would like to be considered for a presentation in the session, please send the following information to Sonia Feder-Lewis, as soon as possible and by April 22 at the latest:

  • Name
  • Title of Presentation
  • Brief description of presentation (one paragraph)
  • Address, affiliation, rank, telephone number, and email address (CCCC requires this information)