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LIU Post Offers News Courses in Writing in the Digital Age


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

LIU Post's English Department is offering two new undergraduate courses in writing for the digital age. The program is open to undergraduate students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in writing as well as those in the Writing Minor Program.

The courses, titled "Introduction to Theories of Composing and Writing Pedagogy"and "Writing in the Digital Age: Multimodal Composing in Theory and Practice,"will be taught by Dr. Kati Fargo Ahern.

Dr. Ahern obtained her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media at North Carolina State University. She has taught writing at the university level for six years, and has presented workshops and presentations on Digital Media, Auditory Rhetoric and Multimodal composition at conferences nationwide since 2007. A student of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon and George Mason University, where she obtained her M.F.A, Dr. Ahern is a member of the Rhetoric Society of America. In 2009 she was awarded the Provost Fellowship Award at North Carolina State University.

"Introduction to Theories of Composing and Writing Pedagogy"will acquaint students with the history of writing studies and introduce some of the theoretical strands, including overlaps and controversies that inform the contemporary practice of teaching writing. The course will also treat practical implementation of composing theory and help students become aware of their own writing process and writing standards as well as the political and ethical dimensions of teaching and assessing writing and communication.

Some of the topics that will be covered are the origin and history of composition and rhetoric and the process and post-process movements, including the influence of rhetoric, ESL and linguistics, collaborative learning, expressionism, cognitivism, social constructivism, social epistemic, critical pedagogy, new media/digital literacy, and assessment.

"Writing in the Digital Age: Multimodal Composing in Theory and Practice"explores how to combine the modes of word, image, and sound to make meaning. "In the "digital age"we are able to more easily combine images, sounds, colors, and gestures alongside our words,"said Dr. Ahern. "This opportunity to engage in multimodal composition poses numerous questions which this class will answer."What does the addition of images do to the writing on a website? How does sound affect a video game? How is multimodality online different from previous writing genres, like the book, the graph, or sheet music?

Dr. Ahern notes that the courses will be particularly useful for students wishing to learn how to write for blogs, social media and digital media.

For more information contact the English Department at LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) at 516-299-2391.

Posted 09/26/2012

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