Writing and the Web: Using Web Design and Online Social Media in First Year Composition Classrooms

Proposal Title: 
Writing and the Web: Using Web Design and Online Social Media in First Year Composition Classrooms
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Abstract: 

The inclusion of web design and social media in the composition classroom could effectively revitalize English departments and intervene in an era during which humanities and arts and letters departments are often viewed as behind the curve technologically. Modern technology has caused the development of literacy and communication skills that are structurally different from previous generations. This paper will theorize on these altered skills and perceptions and argue how FYC classes can adapt by using multimodal forms of composition that integrate more web-based structure, including web design languages and social media.

Proposal: 

The inclusion of web design and social media in the composition classroom could effectively revitalize English departments and intervene in an era during which humanities and arts and letters departments are often viewed as behind the curve technologically. Integrating web design languages and interactive online social media in First Year Composition classrooms will develop more effective learning experiences for the modern student. By applying constructivist theory, English curriculum can evolve with the digital age and use experience structures to interconnect learning.

 Modern technology has caused the development of literacy and communication skills that are structurally different from previous generations. Walter J. Ong called the electronic age a “second orality,” and it does appear that the technology of the modern era encourages a conflictive hybrid of communication between new oral structures and traditional composition constructions. How students in First Year Composition classes utilize this technology and the new forms of communication affects their composition skills and perceptions of integral aspects of composition, like audience. 

 Development of technology past the rudimentary levels necessitates the rational coexistence and awareness of technology and our senses. No longer can technology be only an extension of our senses, but it must become an integral part of how we perceive tasks. This paper will theorize on these altered skills and perceptions and argue how First Year Composition classes can adapt by using multimodal forms of composition that integrate more web-based structure, including web design languages and social media.

Context: 
Students in FYC classes often do not see the value or applicability of their writing instruction and activities to their future careers. This proposed intervention of adding web and social media to the FYC classroom could help revitalize English departments and encourage more active learning in the classroom.
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Individual