2015 Louisville Digital Composition Colloquium (DCC): A Great Success!
On August 18 and 19, writing instructors in the Composition Program at the University of Louisville gathered together to design their own 1-minute “Concept in 60” videos during the first-ever Louisville Digital Composition Colloquium (DCC). A 2-day intensive digital media workshop, the DCC brought together 40 new and experienced writing instructors to create digital texts and work together to discuss how to incorporate, assign, and assess digital projects in their first-year composition classrooms. Dr. Cynthia L. Selfe, from The Ohio State University, also attended the DCC as a visiting scholar, bringing her expertise as a disciplinary leader in the field of computers and composition.
The DCC began as a project for PhD students Rachel Gramer and Megan Faver Hartline at the Digital Media and Composition (DMAC) Institute at Ohio State in May 2015. Over the summer, with the support of the Director of Composition Dr. Brenda Brueggemann, the DCC leadership team grew to three more graduate students, also in the PhD program in rhetoric and composition: Drew Holladay, Travis Rountree, and Elizabeth Chamberlain. This graduate student team wrote course syllabi and assignments, facilitated discussions and digital editing workshops, and created this Web site to deliver teaching materials and resources to all instructors in the UofL Composition Program.
Throughout the two intensive days at the DCC, instructors: participated in discussions on multimodal texts, assignments, and assessment; learned about copyright and Creative Commons licensing; and engaged in hands-on practice in using digital tools and searching for online resources.
Most importantly, instructors created a 1-minute video in response to an assignment that many teachers will give to their own students in composition courses (English 101 and 102) this year: the “Concept in 60” multimodal video project, about a cultural diversity or community issue that matters to them.
DCC participants designed “Concept in 60” videos about such cultural/community issues as: community responses to violent crime in Louisville, body image and shaming, mountaintop removal mining, and class-based health care disparities.
When students in English 101 and 102 are asked to create videos about issues that matter to them, their “Concept in 60” assignment will contribute directly to UofL’s commitment to cultural diversity, critical thinking, and communication in General Education courses. For this reason, the DCC was partially funded by a SUN Grant from the Ideas to Action (i2a) Team (through the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning). The DCC also received additional support from the Composition Program, the Department of English, and Bedford/St. Martin’s publishing. The final DCC videos were also all captioned–in an astonishingly quick turnaround of only a few hours–courtesy of A La Carte Connection (http://alacarteconnection.com).