Taking Flight With OWLs: Examining Electronic Writing Center Work

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James A. Inman, Donna Sewell
Taylor & Francis, Jan 1, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Taking Flight With OWLs examines computer technology use in writing centers. Its purpose is to move beyond anecdotal evidence for implementing computer technology in writing centers, presenting carefully considered studies that theorize the move to computer technology and examine technology use in practice.

Writing centers occupy a dynamic position at the crossroads of computers and composition, distance education, and composition theory, pulling ideas, theories, and pedagogies from each. Their continuing evolution necessarily involves increasing use of computer technology. The move to computer technology so far has occurred so rapidly that writing center staff and administration have not yet had much time or opportunity to study how and when to infuse it into their programs. The need for this collection is evident: Writing center practitioners have long discussed their roles in relation to their supporting institutions; now they are challenged to explore--even reinvent--their roles as computer technologies transform centers and institutions. In exploring varied stages of technology-infusion through field-based accounts, this volume offers readers an important and unique resource.

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MONICA T. WHITTY is Lecturer in Psychology at Queen's University Belfast. She lectures on cyberpsychology, social psychology and qualitative methods. Her major research interests include online dating, cyber-relationships, Internet infidelity, identity, misrepresentation of self online, cyberstalking, cyberethics, and Internet and email surveillance in the workplace. She is author of "Cyberspace Romance: The Psychology of Online Relationships "(with Adrian N. Carr).
ANDREA J. BAKER is a Sociology Professor at Ohio University. She has studied online relationships since 1997, collecting data for the 1998 paper, "Cyberspace Couples Finding Romance Online Then Meeting for the First Time in Real Life," She is author of "Double Click: Romance and Commitment of Online Couples" which is about 89 couples that met in chat rooms, forums and dating sites. Her interests include online communication and virtual communities.
JAMES A. INMAN is at the College of Law, University of Tennessee. He teaches and researches on rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. His previous books include "Technology and English Studies: Innovative Professional Paths" (with Beth L. Hewett), "Computers and Writing: The Cyborg Era," and "Electronic Collaboration in the Humanities: Issues and Options" (with Cheryl Reed and Peter Sands)

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