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Presenters: Teresa Grettano and Donna Witek
Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 18-21, 2015, Tampa, FL
This presentation will introduce attendees to the paradigm shift underway in the field of information literacy and serve as a model for collaboration between rhetoric & composition instructors and information literacy librarians. The presentation will be a “talk about the talk” instructors in these two disciplines can have in order to collaborate to design and deliver literacy instruction in and for the participatory information environments of the 21st century.
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We co-presenters—an information literacy librarian and a rhetoric & composition professor—offer as a model for collaboration and metaliteracy instruction the conversations and processes through which our own collaboration developed and thrived. We co-design and co-teach a course called Rhetoric & Social Media into which information literacy, rhetorical theory, writing instruction, and metaliteracy are explicitly integrated. Our collaboration—both in its content and its form—has situated us on the front lines of literacy education and (inter)disciplinary identity on our campus, in and across our respective disciplines, and in higher education as a whole. We are engaged in teaching and research that focuses on analyzing students’ literacy practices, behaviors, dispositions, & abilities in the realm of social media and the effects of engagement in these participatory information environments on literacy and instruction; we are collaborating on first-year writing program development & assessment and sharing student learning outcomes across programs; and we are participating in curricular revision & assessment across campus and positioning literacy instruction in the center of our general education program. In short, it’s been an invigorating five years for us, though at times we have felt a little “mad” in introducing this metadiscourse into these crucible-like contexts.
The presentation title, “We’re all mad here,” playfully hints at some of the risks involved in entering this type of collaboration, in engaging in metadiscourse, and in studying and teaching metaliteracy. The “risk” theme of the conference will be addressed on three levels—the disciplinary, the institutional, and the classroom—by engaging the following questions: What does it look like to model this metadiscourse for students, in a course design and in co-teaching? What are the consequences? What does it look like to have this metadiscourse on campus, in program and curricular design, especially with colleagues who resist interdisciplinarity? What are the consequences? What does it look like to have this metadiscourse in our disciplines, with our colleagues, in our research, in defining ourselves for public and educational audiences? What are the consequences?