Composing Knowledge in the Digital Age April 16-17


Critical Pedagogues Jesse Stommel and Pete Rorabaugh will join us to lead campus-wide conversations and workshops focused on Composing Knowledge in the Digital Age.  April 16 and 17th.  Find details and registration for these events here.


Wednesday, April 16

  • 10:30-11:30. Critical Pedagogy, Organic Writing, and the Changing Nature of Scholarship.  Location: Franklin Humanities Institute in Smith Warehouse.
  • PhD Lab Roundtable Conversation | Digital Knowledge #FutureEd Graduate Classroom Collaboration.

Thursday, April 17

  • 10-11:30. Writing 101 class collaboration, Writing for Change: Digital Storytelling as Student Activism.
  • 11:30-12:30. Roundtable Discussion: Digital Scholarship & Digital Literacies. Perkins 118.


TWP Digital Writing + Pedagogy Lab Meeting. December 2, 2013.

A conversation with Jesse Stommel and Peter Rorabaugh. 9-11am in Perkins 118.  Access a video of the lab discussion here: Composing Knowledge in the Digital Age

Discussion Overview and Resources

I. 21st Century Academic Writing

  • what makes writing “academic” today as opposed to even ten years ago

  • how do digital technologies expand opportunities for students to make decisions about what sources are “good”

  • what is the value in thinking about a hybrid category (not pay-wall scholarly and not mass popular) of sources and engaging with those sources in an academic context

  • what is an “academic” context

  • what is the place (course / academic year / other context) for developing the skills and modeling the practices of discipline specific academic writing

  • what opportunities do digital technologies provide for taking down the wall between scholars and publics

  • is there an ethical imperative to make academic (student?) writing accessible to the wider public

II. Digital Pedagogy (Theory & Practice)

  • how does digital pedagogy create a larger space for collective action within the classroom setting?

  • how does participant pedagogy disrupt traditional teaching models

  • why should we encourage participant pedagogy driven classrooms

  • how does digital pedagogy humanize the learning process

III. Digital Citizenship / Domain of One’s Own

  • what is the obligation of a university (or a first-year class) to teach students about the ethics of digital citizenship

  • what are the ethics of digital citizenship

  • what are the advantages of a platform like Domain of One’s Own over learning management software like Sakai

  • how does Domain integrate digital pedagogy into composition and digital creation practices

  • domain as a method

  • the nexus of critical and digital pedagogy

Some possible outcomes:

  1. Brainstorming Next Steps

  2. How to Enable Participant Pedagogy

  3. Digital Ethnography, “On the street” interviews as they relate to “knowledge production”

  4. Document that identifies principles and real extensions of those principles?

Related Resources:

“Understanding Digital Civics”: DML Central by Ethan Zuckerman

“Emory’s Domain of One’s Own Presentation at SPSU”: by Pete Rorabaugh

In Media Res: Scholarly project that “takes down the wall”

“The Twitter Essay” by Jesse Stommel

“Experiments in Mass Collaboration” by Pete Rorabaugh and Jesse Stommel

“Occupy the Digital: Critical Pedagogy and New Media” by Pete Rorabaugh

Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age by Kenneth Goldsmith

“Toward Peeragogy” by Howard Rheingold

Articles tagged with “Literacies” on Hybrid Pedagogy

Domain of One’s Own:


Jesse Stommel

Jesse Stommel is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an advocate for lifelong learning and the public digital humanities. He is currently working to design and launch a Digital Literacies graduate certificate program aimed at non-traditional student. Jesse is also the Director of Hybrid Pedagogy, a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. He’s on Twitter @Jessifer, and his personal site is at




 pete_2Pete Rorabaugh, Assistant Professor of English in the English, Technical Communication, and Media Arts Department at Southern Polytechnic State University, where he teaches Composition and courses for the Writing and New Media degree. His research interests include American Literature, experiential learning, religious rhetoric, digital literacies, and alternative models of schooling and scholarship. Pete is the co-founder of Hybrid Pedagogy and the organizer of the Atlanta DH/D-Ped, a regional network for faculty and students in the Atlanta area. He is fascinated by his three children, the fiction of Cormac McCarthy, the films of the Coen Brothers, and the life Malcolm X. He tweets from @allistelling and blogs from