Tinkerer, Snooper, Sharer, Supporter: Using Google Docs to Create Spaces of Wonder for Students and Instructors

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This session explores online collaborative writing sites as spaces that not only encourage knowledge-sharing, but also cultivate communities of practice. Specifically, we argue that Google Docs offers a particularly strong platform for building communities of practices both in our classrooms and as a professional development resource in our program because users can see instant, visible, and synchronous evidence of their thoughts within a single, democratic, non-hierarchical space. Lave and Wenger suggest that “participation is always based on situated negotiation and renegotiation of meaning in the world,” and we believe that by encouraging both students and writing instructors to compose together, they renegotiate their understanding of meaning-making (Lave and Wenger 1991).

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Davis 102
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Concurrent Session A