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"The State of Multimodal Composition Pedagogies"

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Ball, Cheryl E. (2005, November 18). The state of multimodal composition pedagogies. Text, Image, Networks, & Culture Group, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

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As the English department at VCU introduced a new, transdisciplinary PhD program in Media, Art, and Text, I was invited to present results from my recently completed national survey of multimodal teacher-scholars.

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"Considering Technology-Rich Texts in a Literature/Writing Curriculum"

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Ball, Cheryl E. (2006, February 7). New medi-ack!: Considering technology-rich texts in a literature/writing curriculum. Kent State University, Kent, OH.

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In two lecture-workshops (one for literature faculty and one for composition faculty), I presented an overview of the history of multimodality in English studies and how multimodal texts are assigned, composed, and analyzed/assessed in the various disciplines. This lecture was part of a year-long speaker series intended to support Kent State’s initiative to introduce multimodal composition in all of its first-year writing classes.

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"What Defines Computers and Writing as a Discipline?"

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Selfe, Cynthia; Kemp, Fred; Inman, James, & Ball, Cheryl E. (2006, February 18). What defines computers and writing as a discipline? Computers & Writing Online Conference.

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In a roundtable keynote, presented in a synchronous MOO (multi-user, object-oriented chat/game platform), the four presenters address multi-layered questions: Is Computers & Writing truly a discipline? What distinguishes it from the related disciplines of Composition & Rhetoric or Technical Communication? What is the research and theory that inform its teaching and practice? The panelists take questions from the audience as well.

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"What’s the Point of New Media?" (v. UIUC)

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Ball, Cheryl E. (2008, January 25). What’s the point of new media?  Evaluating transitional, digital scholarship. Digital Literacies Group, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

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In this presentation, I address the recent MLA Task Force report, Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion (2006), which acknowledges an increasing need for thoughtful new strategies of evaluating digital scholarship in departments of English. I look at a contemporary heuristic (Warner, 2007) for reading and evaluating “webtexts” (texts that convey most of their meaning through text and hyperlinks) and compare them to “new media texts” that use multimodal elements to enact and convey meaning. The presentation is exploratory–just like the new media texts that it investigates–and discussion/interaction from the audience is encouraged.

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"Narrating the Intellectual Labor of The New Work of Scholarship"

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Ball, Cheryl E. (2008, October 18). Narrating the intellectual labor of the new work of scholarship. Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

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Each presenter (Ball with Andrea Lunsford, Jonathan Alexander, Scott DeWitt, Charles Kostelnick, Bump Halbritter, & Cynthia Selfe) had 10 minutes to “pitch” their concepts for what constitutes the ‘new work’ of composing. As this was the last plenary session of the conference, Ball served to sum up the other plenary sessions into major threads, focusing on how each previous presenter addressed (explicitly or implicitly) the intellectual labor of digital scholarship.

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"Scholarship, Art, or Fun?!: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Digital Publications"

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Ball, Cheryl E. (2008, November 10). Scholarship, art, or fun?!: Interdisciplinary perspectives on digital publications. Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH.

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In this presentation, I discuss the contexts and definitions of digital scholarship, and ask the audience about their assumptions of such work. Then, using a  sample scholarly webtext, ask the audience to help evaluate it.

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"Doing your own P.R.: Developing Online Faculty and Staff Portfolios"

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Ball, Cheryl E. (2009, April 2). Doing your own P.R.: Developing online faculty and staff portfolios to disseminate teaching, research, and service activity. The University of Findlay, Findlay, OH.

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Cheryl E. Ball will discuss the changing landscape of scholarship in the digital humanities, including examining types of digital scholarship that will change the way tenure and promotion reviews happen at universities. As part of this discussion, particular attention will be given to disseminating one’s teaching, research/creative activities, and service through an electronic portfolio.

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"Town Hall: Ubiquitous and Sustainable Computing"

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Ball, Cheryl E.; Gossett, Kathie; Kalmbach, Jim; Losh, Liz; Lunsford, Karen; Reed, Scott; & Salvo, Michael. (2009, June 21). Town hall: Ubiquitous and sustainable computing: @ School @ Work @ Play. Computers & Writing, University of California–Davis.

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A roundtable discussion from leaders in the field of digital writing studies about how our work and play can be both ubiquitous and sustainable. My focus was on issues in publishing digital scholarship.

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"The Aesthetics of Editing Digital Media Scholarship"

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Ball, Cheryl E. (2009, October 13). The aesthetics of editing digital media scholarship: A look at Kairos. Online Research Mediation & the Arts Seminar. Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway.

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I will present a short history and overview of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which has been publishing digital media texts since 1996. I will discuss how Kairos editors, board members, and authors negotiate the journal’s ever-changing boundaries between ‘typical’ print and ‘typical’ digital scholarship (in digital writing studies) as exemplified in the complicated relationship between aesthetics and rhetorics in a recent set of creative submissions, with an in-depth look at one submission in particular.

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"Publishing 2.0: New Rules for New Scholars"

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Ball, Cheryl E., & Blair, Kristine. (2009, October 23). Publishing 2.0: New rules for new scholars. English Department, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

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In a shared speaker-series lecture, Ball & Blair discuss the state of digital scholarship, roles of peer-review and mentoring, issues in assessing and evaluating digital scholarship for tenure and promotion purposes, and ways to gain professional development through digital media for rising, junior, and senior scholars in English studies. After the talk, Ball & Blair met individually with graduate students for a two-hour Q&A session.

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