Pedagogy, Practice and Philosophy 2021

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
University of Florida Writing Program
contact email: 

Pedagogy, Practice and Philosophy 2021

The University of Florida’s Writing Program invites proposals for our annual Conference on Pedagogy, Practice and Philosophy. This year, we will explore remote learning in writing pedagogy and instruction, with particular emphasis on inclusivity, diversity, and technology. During this unprecedented global pandemic, countless educators grappled with sudden, unexpected shifts to remote and online classes. Writing instruction seemed to be upended, as many writing classrooms rely on discussion and activities in small collaborative courses. And yet, almost immediately, instructors not only adapted in their own classes but also shared their questions, answers, mistakes, and successes in fast-developing online communities. This conference is designed as a practicum for writing instructors to exchange ideas and learn from one another in a similar collaborative spirit. We particularly encourage graduate students to apply.

Remote learning exposes many inequities and issues embedded in higher education. Students and teachers face issues of limited technological access; food and/or job insecurities; increased care-taking responsibilities; and other unexpected challenges while dealing with the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. Writing programs and instructors were asked to develop remote lessons and approaches, often with unfamiliar technologies, while maintaining the same levels of productivity and support as a face-to-face learning environment. These new challenges prompt ongoing discussions of the ethics, tactics, and results of remote writing instruction. But they also offer new opportunities to assess our pedagogies, innovate, and incorporate new technologies.

Conference participants are asked to reflect upon the study, practice, and philosophy of teaching writing in universities, and to reconsider current educational trends about learning, engagement, comprehension, and skills-development. In addition, we ask scholars to reflect on writing methods and environments that occur outside of classrooms and to discuss how diverse modes of writing influence classroom learning. The goal of this conference is to create a network for sharing effective, inclusive, innovative, and creative approaches to composition pedagogy.

 

Conference Format

This conference will be held remotely. Our goals are to extend conversation across sessions and to encourage the active exchange of ideas. Instead of traditional conference papers, we invite proposals for eight- to ten-minute presentations or demonstrations that illustrate pragmatic approaches, strategies, and techniques for teaching writing.

Thus, we invite two kinds of proposals:

  1. Activity swap contributions: one activity, lesson, or technique for teaching writing remotely. Participants will be put into small breakout groups. Each participant will have eight to ten minutes to demonstrate their activity, followed by group discussion and feedback.
  2. Themed roundtables: featuring 3 to 4 speakers discussing a specific idea or topic related to the conference. Participants’ talks will be eight to ten minutes each to allow for audience discussion. Roundtables should adopt a conversational, collaborative, and audience-centered or participatory format.

Proposal topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • Specific writing activities or lessons
  • Remote learning strategies and/or challenges
  • Transitioning into or out of remote or online learning
  • Issues of access or inequality in writing instruction
  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Writing situations, networks, assemblages
  • Community literacies
  • Multilingual education and language diversity
  • Disability studies and composition
  • Collaborative learning and peer teaching and assessment
  • The use of new media and technologies in writing instruction
  • Online teaching resources and pedagogy forums
  • Sustainable approaches to teaching writing
  • Exploring race, class, gender, and/or sexuality in the writing classroom
  • Current-traditional rhetoric, expressivism, and epistemic pedagogy models
  • Writing in and across the disciplines

 

Submissions

To submit a proposal for the activity swap or a themed roundtable, email a 250-word abstract with your contact information, affiliation, and position/title to Mary Roca at mdroca@ufl.edu. When proposing a roundtable, please include the relevant information for each participant.

Proposals must be submitted no later than November 30, 2020. Accepted participants will be notified by December 11, 2020. The conference will occur on February 5-62021, hosted online by the University of Florida.

For more information about UF’s Writing Program, visit: https://writing.ufl.edu/

Please feel free to email mdroca@ufl.edu if you have any questions.