Preparing Writers for the Future of Information Systems

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The pervasiveness of social bookmarking software, the ubiquity of RSS feed readers, and the instantaneous transmission of data are providing us with the opportunity to finally tackle the primary concern for knowledge workers that Vannevar Bush expressed in 1945: how to store, retrieve, and use effectively vast amounts of information. Writers, who at all stages of their work, must organize, retrieve, and use information, are going to need to become fluent in the new semantic relationships among technologies, data, and ideas.

This workshop offers a unique approach to thinking about how writers might employ Web 2.0 technologies to prepare for the future of information systems by adapting Nardi and O’Day’s (1999) idea of an information ecology to incorporate multiple online writing spaces. Specifically, attendees will create their own information ecology using Web 2.0 technologies. They will then be introduced to one contemporary writing genre—beatblogging—that has the potential to benefit from multiple, associated online spaces.

Beatblogging, or blending the efforts of reporters with experts in an area of study, becomes an important phase in Web 2.0 writing. Through social networking programs, this “pro-am” approach blends journalistic reliability with the trust the SN community maintains for its own members. As Web 2.0 merges into Web 3.0, with users selecting and sharing information through various software agents, beatblogging offers writers a first stage for creating the collaborative working groups needed to drive Web 3.0.

Keywords: Web 2.0, Web 3.0, Future of Information Systems, Writing
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Bill Wolff

Assistant Professor, College of Communication, Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ, USA

Bill Wolff is an Assistant Professor of Writing Arts at Rowan University, where he teaches classes on the technologies of writing and writing in electronic environments. He has been teaching in technology-enhanced spaces for a decade and has been training faculty to do the same for over eight years. His research investigates the language and processes of educational technology-related change and the future of learning space design. His work is forthcoming in Computers & Education and Technical Communication Quarterly. He is a board member of the International Association of Online Communicators.

Dr. Diane Penrod

Professor, Department of Writing Arts, Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ, USA

Publishes and researches in writing, writing pedagogy, new media, media literacy, Advertising 2.0, and media ethics. Recent author of blogging and 21st century literacies. Currently working on a book length project focusing on Literacy 2.0. Author of scholarly articles and books on writing assessment, writing assesment in the age of new media, popular culture and writing, media ethics. Additional publication interests include the relationship between wikis and collective intelligence.

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