Place-based Writing Across the Disciplines

“Curating Transdisciplinary Research on Place-based Writing: An Interactive Introduction to 680 Open Access Video Clips of Teachers and Students”
Thursday, March 31, 3 p.m. in Kuykendall Hall 410, University of Hawaii at Manoa
A weekly colloquium series by the English Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Place-based Writing Across the Disciplines is a digital collection on ScholarSpace, UH Manoa’s digital repository. Hosted by the UH Manoa Library, this freely accessible collection resulted from place-based writing research across 16 academic disciplines on the UH Manoa campus.

In this colloquium, the presenters will introduce the digital collection, discuss its contributions to various academic fields, and invite attendees to peruse the clips and think about how to apply them into the classroom setting. For the latter activity, attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop computers.

For two years, the researchers produced video-recorded interviews with 17 instructors and 32 students in writing-intensive courses at UH Manoa. Each of the class required at least one writing assignment focused on local geography, demonstrating place-based learning: studying the places they have spent significant time in, such as their hometown, UH Manoa, and current home.

The research involved the following process:

  1. Interview the students and instructors, which was done by using standardized questionnaires while video-recording the interviews.
  2. Anonymize their responses in 680 video clips.
  3. Have English graduate students code and tag participants as a course project in English 705: Seminar in Composition in the Spring 2015 semester.
  4. Upload the digital clips onto ScholarSpace to make them publicly available.

Scholarspace iconThis research involved the fields of education and English composition, especially in Writing across the Curriculum (WAC), Writing in the Disciplines (WID), place-based learning, and place-based research. These academic subfields aim to enable students to write appropriately in a writing situation’s context.

English Professor Jim Henry and English graduate students Lisa Shea and Chase Wiggins will present this colloquium.

The Desktop Network Services department, UH Manoa Library, develops and maintains ScholarSpace to digitally preserve and promote open access to the University’s scholarship. The library faculty and staff coordinating this initiative included Sara Lee, Asako Shiba, and Daniel Ishimitsu.

Place-based Writing Across the Disciplines: A ScholarSpace digital collection

Place-based WAC-WID: The research project