"Rhetorical Media and the Twenty First Century Open-Access Writing Center: Predictions, Predilections, and Realities"
I neglected to link in a post to my article "Rhetorical Media and the Twenty First Century Open-Access Writing Center: Predictions, Predilections, and Realities." The issue of Computers and Writing Online that it is featured in didn't stay up very long either. Ah well. Here is an excerpt from the conclusion to further tempt you to read the whole thing:
Are we at open-access institutions, quite literally, disabling our students by not providing them with adequate response to non-traditional types of texts? Millward (2008) states, “Two-year colleges, whose mission is to serve as a gateway for nontraditional students, must not allow themselves to become, by default, the new gatekeepers for the [under-served]” or, what Cynthia Selfe (1999) bluntly calls a new illiterate class (423). As individual writing center professionals at open-access institutions, we have to decide if it is worth while to keep our writing centers relevant to this change, or whether we will focus solely on the alphabetic text. Deciding to do the latter may not immediately imperil our centers, but it does a disservice to students who face an increasingly multimodal future.