Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT June 18, 2013

Why should (or shouldn’t) we integrate the Internet into our writing assignments? How does student learning and faculty pedagogy change when we share drafts and comments on the public web? Faculty and staff from Trinity College invite readers and contributors to shape the direction of a born-digital book-in-progress, Web Writing: Why & How for Liberal Arts Teaching & Learning. (Times EDT)

Jack Dougherty, associate professor of educational studies, and Jason Jones, director of educational technology, both of Trinity College, invite readers and contributors to shape the direction of a born-digital book-in-progress, Web Writing: Why & How for Liberal Arts Teaching & Learning, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Using tools of the web, they aim to create an open-access edited volume that integrates deeper why questions with online examples and tutorials that illustrate how faculty and students are engaging in this type of work. Webinar participants will gain first-hand experience with a short Google Docs crowd-writing exercise, respond to brief essay proposals by prospective authors, and learn more about the editorial process and WordPress technology used to create this digital book.

Recommended Reading

Please review and explore these resources to prepare for active engagement with your fellow seminar participants.

Seminar Leaders

Jack Dougherty, associate professor of educational studies at Trinity, and his students have experimented with web writing in courses such as Education Reform, Past & Present and Cities, Suburbs, and Schools. He co-edited (with Kristen Nawrotzki) another open peer-reviewed volume, Writing History in the Digital Age, which is freely available online and forthcoming from University of Michigan Press.

Jason B. Jones, the new director of educational technology at Trinity College, is a co-founding editor of ProfHacker, a group blog about technology, pedagogy, and productivity in academics, currently hosted at The Chronicle of Higher Education. For the past ten years, he has been a professor of English at Central Connecticut State University.

Event Hashtag

Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter via this event’s hashtags: #webwritingbook and #NITLE.


Faculty, instructional technologists, librarians and others from the NITLE Network interested in web-based writing across the curriculum, ebooks, and open access publishing should attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

Please register online by Friday, June 14. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.


For more information about this event, please contact Rebecca Davis at rdavis@nitle.org.

NITLE Shared AcademicsTM models a new approach to liberal education – made possible through strategic collaboration, driven by shared knowledge, and supported by emerging technologies. Campuses learn how inter-institutional academic exchange works by actively participating in it, building the knowledge and experience to re-architect liberal education.