Using Technology to Support Writing in the Disciplines

Presenter: Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University


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Description: This workshop will (1) provide an overview of key instructional concepts in writing in the disciplines, (2) provide an overview of the key technologies available to support writing in the disciplines, including network communication tools, document production tools, course management systems, and database-driven instructional Web sites; (3) introduce participants to key Web-based resources available to support writing in the disciplines, including the WAC Clearinghouse (; and (4) introduce participants to a database-driven, multimedia instructional Web site for writing in agriculture: the Writing in Agriculture Room in Colorado State University's Writing Studio ( 

Workshop participants will be able to create password protected accounts on the Writing Studio Web site and explore the multimedia guides available to support student writing. Participants will also be given the opportunity to contribute ideas about the design and content to the site, a collaboratively-authored Web site that is freely available to all writers and teachers. Working individually or in groups, workshop participants will produce lesson plans or related instructional materials that can be used to support the use of writing assignments in their courses.


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Contact Information:
Mike Palmquist
Department of English
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523