UWP's Elyse Lord to Present at Writing Across the Curriculum Conference at CSU

University Writing Program Lecturer Elyse Lord will be co-presenting on project-based learning at the 6th Biannual Reading and Writing across the Curriculum Conference at CSU Sacramento on April 17. Lord's presentation focuses on the use of multimedia projects in classrooms and how these projects help students develop literacy skills.

More presentation details are available below.

Digital Showcase: Project-Based Learning across the Disciplines

As Kathleen Tyner writes in Literacy in a Digital World: Teaching and Learning in the Age of Information, “the educational uses of new communication technologies have yet to be framed as a set of literacy skills.” At the same time, many students, parents, and teachers believe that students’ chances for success somehow depend upon their facility with new tools and technologies.

This interactive presentation is based upon the premise that use of podcasting (the creation of audio files) and related multimedia projects in college classrooms helps students to develop valuable literacy skills. We will showcase student-authored/produced podcasts from science writing courses at UC Davis and complementary multimedia projects from sophomore research seminars at Sonoma State University.

We will also address the following:

1)    How learning theory supports use of podcasts and related projects in the writing classroom.

2)    Best practices for designing podcast and related assignments to teach students across the disciplines about genre expectations, sequencing information for particular audiences and purposes, visualizations for clarity, and Universal Design for learning.

3)   Technology considerations and tool troubleshooting ideas.

4)   Students’ reflections about the challenges of—and value of—bringing new tools and technologies into the classroom.

5)   Useful resources.


Dr. Cathy Kroll, English Department, Sonoma State University

Dr. Elyse Lord, University Writing Program, UC Davis