[Air-L] Deadline Extended: BWe Special Issue on Multimodal Composing

Lynn Reid lynn.reid14 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 14 19:33:05 PDT 2010

Apologies for cross-posting. Please circulate widely!
The deadline for submissions has been extended to November 15th. Technical
guidelines for multimodal submissions are also included.

Multimodal Composing:
on Basic Writing

*Opportunities and Challenges                               *

*in Basic Writing Contexts*

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*BWe* Guest Editor:

   Barbara Gleason, City College-CUNY

    Assistant Editors:

   Wynne Ferdinand & Lynn Reid

*Extended Deadline for Submissions:* November 15, 2010

*Technical Guidelines for Submissions* *appended.*

*BWe* Special Issue: Call for Submissions

For the upcoming issue of *BWe*, we seek essays on multimodal writing in
college and pre-college composition and rhetoric classes. As Cynthia Selfe
argues in the June 2009 issue of *College Composition and Communication*,
our profession's continuing tendency to focus primarily on print literacy
limits our understanding of rhetoric, discourages students from
"identify[ing] their own communication needs" and needlessly limits
individuals who have developed expressive identities in a digital age ("The
Movement of Air, The Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal Composing"
in *CCC*, June 2009, 618). By widening the possibilities for composing in
their classrooms, instructors may establish more compelling and inclusive
learning environments for students of diverse races and cultures, language
backgrounds, ages, and communication interests. Teachers also may create
classes that can better serve the needs of students learning differences,
e.g., in the areas of vision, hearing, or attention.

Along with the potential advantages of incorporating multiple modes of
composing into their curricula, instructors may well experience challenges
that can obstruct curricular change or dampen enthusiasm of both instructors
and students. Integrating new technologies into classes sometimes creates
unwanted hurdles. Access to technology and digital literacies can sometimes
encumber students. Instructors may experience new technologies as more
burdensome than beneficial, especially when faculty are not rewarded for
integrating new communication technologies into their curricula. In
addition, educational institutions are increasingly demanding that digital
texts and multimodal composing options be integrated into their
curricula--sometimes before they have acquired the funds or the staff to
support these efforts. We already know that we are experiencing a major
transformation in communications that is permeating both our daily lives and
our institutional realities. Most of us are struggling to develop our own
expertise in multimodal composing while simultaneously teaching others to
compose in digital environments.

We encourage prospective authors to consider both opportunities and
challenges associated with teaching/learning multimodal composing. We hope
to receive submissions that focus on one (or more than one) of these roles/
perspectives: writer, student, teacher, tutor, program administrator. We
also welcome reviews of books & web sites that enhance instructors'
knowledge of teaching with new technologies OR that facilitate adult
learners' expertise in multimodal composing. Finally, since basic writing
instruction is moving into new venues (e.g., as test-preparation courses in
for-profit companies or in adult education programs), we welcome submissions
that explore uses of multimodal composing in a variety of institutional

*Technical Guidelines for Submissions: *

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1. All submissions must be sent electronically to bwespecialissue at gmail.com

2. Use MLA style.

3. Acceptable submission formats include: MS Word or other word processing
formats, web texts, and texts that include embedded multimedia
elements.  Images
may be in .jpg, .gif, or .png format.  Videos must be submitted as files,
not as links to external sites.

4. Links to external sites may appear as in-text references or in a works
cited list only. Web-based examples used to illustrate key ideas or
arguments should be included in the text as embedded images, screen
captures, video files, etc. Multimedia content hosted at an external site
should be submitted as a file that can be hosted on the *BWe* server.

5.  Submissions should be original work.  Submissions containing work
published or created by other authors must include their consent and/or
follow fair use guidelines.

7. Submissions should be accessible in current versions of different
browsers (e.g., Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome).

8.  To ensure accessibility, a script or summary must accompany all
multimedia submissions and/or video and audio content embedded in a

*Manuscript Submission Deadline*: November 15, 2010

*Email inquiries to Barbara Gleason *at bgleason at ccny.cuny.edu.

*Submit manuscripts *to bwespecialissue at gmail.com

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