Rhetoric and Writing Hosts Conference for Global Society of Online Literacy Educators

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing will host the international conference of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators, a virtual conference for online teachers of reading, writing, and digital literacy skills. The conference hub will bet the Contemporary Rhetorics and User-Experience (CRUX) lab in Stabler 603 on the main UA–Little Rock campus.

The conference theme is “Walking in the Cloud(s): Challenges for Online Literacy Instruction.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock, author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies is a Faculty Mentor at Digital Innovation @ONE (Online Network of Educators). She works with California Community Colleges, which includes 72 districts, serves 2.1 million students per year, and has roughly 60,000 faculty members.

Her keynote address is titled “Teaching Literacy in the Snapchat Era.”

GSOLE President Dr. Beth Hewett says that “GSOLE’s Online Conference offers an exciting opportunity for educators and scholars who teach literacy (hint: that’s about all of us!) in online settings to learn from one another. Since nearly every course has digital components (e.g., an LMS, email, online syllabi), nearly every teacher from every discipline teaches with technology. We all need to be concerned about reading, writing, and digital composition–both how we use technology to teach these literacies and how students use them to learn.”

To view Dr. Hewett’s conference welcome, to see a full list of conference presentations and times, and to register for the conference, see the conference schedule.

For more information about attending the conference in the UALR CRUX lab, please contact site host Dr. Heidi Harris at haharris@ualr.edu.

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