I know it might seem strange, to have conferences with your professor during only the second week of class, but I find them helpful in allowing us to get to know each other better, and to help ground you all in what can be a daunting class early on.
To help achieve those purposes, I’d like you all to bring some written notes to our conferences to move the conversation along. You can type or write these up in any way that makes sense to you, but I do want you to have a hard copy you can be making notes on while we talk.
Here’s what I’d like to know:
- What kinds of experiences do you have with digital composition (blogs, social media, wiki contributions, iPhone photography, gaming, anything!)?
- What kinds of technology do you have (including computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, A/V equipment)?
- What kinds of digital writing would you like to learn more about? What intrigues you about digital writing? How do you think you might need it in your future (classes, jobs, hobbies, etc.)?
- Which, if any, of the student blogs or contributions to the DigiWriMo roster interested you? Why?
- How do you see any of the above contributing to the focus you’d like your blog to take over the course of the semester?
Finally, and most importantly: What questions or concerns do you have for me?
We will be doing these conferences in groups of three, because I find these conversations are often especially productive when you can also hear your peers thoughts and concerns. You might discover questions you didn’t know you had, or you might be hit by an inspirational bolt of lightening.
I’d like you all to come to class both Monday and Wednesday of next week, but I’ll be meeting with you all in groups of three at the times designated on this schedule (the groups, obviously, are merely alphabetical). For the remainder of class time, you can be getting to know each other, prepping for your conference, or getting started on setting up your blog, Twitter, and Google accounts.