Sorry it’s been so long since my last post; this semester has been incredibly busy. Since I last posted, I had the opportunity to both present at and attend the National Council of Teachers of English‘s Conference on College Composition and Communication (4Cs) with my colleagues: Kate Artz, Danah Hashem, and Megan Grandmont.
Our digital poster presentation explored the digital collaboration tools we used while creating a webtext for Kairos‘s “Praxis” section in which we had 10 authors working together (I’ll write about that project more when it comes out in August). The digital tools we focused on were Slack, Google Drive, and WordPress. Although this presentation focused on the digital tools we used to collaborate, our biggest takeaway was that there is no single digital tool that can effectively enable digital collaboration, but, instead, it is important to find the right combination of digital tools in order to meet your collaborative needs. Furthermore, it is also important to note that although digital tools helped with quick decisions and small fixes, they did not remove the need for in-person meetings.
The digital poster genre was new to us, so our journey to decide how to present our material was arduous, but it was also filled with exciting and fun experimentation. Having done the digital poster session, I am now in love, and I hope to do many more in the future. What I love the most about the poster session is the ability to conversationally present your work; when each person came up to us, they could ask us individualized questions, allowing us to tailor our presentation to their personal needs.
This was an incredible opportunity, and I would encourage anyone considering it to present at any and all conferences! And the next time you’re at a conference, look at the program and see if there are any poster sessions; I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Have you ever presented at or attended 4Cs? Have you ever done a poster presentation or a digital poster presentation? Let me know your experiences in the comment section below!
P.S. For another great post on our digital pedagogy poster, check out Danah’s blog post here.