Weekly Featured Writers

Each week, 1-2 people will curate the ideas and writing from our class into a featured blog. We will use these blogs to connect with colleagues outside our course.

Jaxon Tweets

How do you all think about critical digital pedagogy? Center on access and equity, open, reflective, and networked for sure. Knowing to open up space to other voices and certainly amplifying student voices. What say you all? #nwp #ClinTE #digped Even better: CDP in a GIF pic.twitter.com/x7x9…

Bilingualism in Literacy

Bilingualism in Literacy

The socially embedded nature of literacy is such an enormously large concept and category that it is impossible to fully cover it in one blog post. It is something that can be written about for decades without being entirely understood or explored. So I certainly won’t come to any definitive conclusions here today. What I …

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Identifying Literacy

Identifying Literacy

One thing that has stood out to me about literacy is that how little I know about it. As each day passes I find new ways in which literacy is used in my life. In Brandt’s article, Sponsors of Literacy, she discusses how literacy effects individuals in the job market. It is not just the …

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Literacy and Institutions

Literacy and Institutions

One of the concepts that has resonated with me is the idea of personal literacies. Before this class I had always thought of literacy in the traditional sense of simply referring to reading and writing. However after doing the pilot study and reading the assigned texts I could see that simple answer, while much more …

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What I Know About Literacy, is That We Don’t Know Much About Literacy

What I Know About Literacy, is That We Don’t Know Much About Literacy

  Literacy varies from person to person; not just in their levels of literacy, but also in what literacy practices are relevant for each individual. Literacy is contextual. Literacy is social. Literacy only has as much value as a society attaches to it. Written text does not have inherent value or meaning; the value and …

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Ethnographic vs. Ethnocentric: An Attempt at Understanding Literacy Things

Ethnographic vs. Ethnocentric: An Attempt at Understanding Literacy Things

Literacy is full of dichotomies. As someone who’s new to literacy studies, it’s been difficult to decide which nuanced perspectives to agree with.   Maybe I’ll write my way to some kind of clarity.   Literacy theories generally exist on a continuum between ethnographic and ethnocentric. The most clear example of an ethnocentric theory being …

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Bullet Points & Insecurities

Bullet Points & Insecurities

I can’t lie. My first reaction to reading another individual’s writing does not come without an unspoken rating scale. Posts on Facebook, texts from friends, even my favorite copy of C. S. Lewis’ “A Grief Observed” where I cringe whenever I run across that one typo…I fear that it all leads to one conclusion: I, …

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Ramblings on Literacy

Ramblings on Literacy

The first thing to understand about literacy is that it is complex. It is more than what first comes to mind when the word “literacy” is uttered. It is certainly more than reading and writing and any “standardized” or “idolized” ideas about what is included in those practices. A lot of my understanding about literacy …

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Literacy is a Rubik’s Cube, Good Luck

Literacy is a Rubik’s Cube, Good Luck

“Literacy” may seem like a simple four-syllable word to some, but the idea behind it is considerably more complex than the 17x17x17 Rubik’s cube designed by Oskar Van Deventer. It doesn’t fit into a certain mold because there is so much to consider.   With a quick Google search, the noun’s definition appears on screen …

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Jaxon: Sponsor Problems

Jaxon: Sponsor Problems

In “Sponsors of Literacy,” (1998) Deborah Brandt offers a compelling and complex look at the concept of sponsorship. Through case studies, she demonstrates how literacy learning and usage is brought into existence by sponsors, and defines the term to mean “people, institutions, materials, and motivations involved in the process [of learning to read and write]” …

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Ideas for our blogs

Ideas for our blogs

What do we want to say about literacy studies so far… literacy practices literacy events sponsors and sponsorship new literacies context social practices social nature of writing the great divide oral vs written cultures and texts civilized vs primitive othering and east/west binary our own literacy practices digital literacies situated literacies autonomous ideological assimilation “standard” …

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