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To be considered for our book-in-progress, Web Writing, essays must address teaching and learning in the liberal arts with web-based writing. Guiding questions may include the following, and more: Why should (or shouldn’t) we integrate the web into our writing assignments? How does student engagement and faculty pedagogy change when we share drafts of our ideas and comment online? Which types of digital tools deepen — or distract from — thoughtful learning? What strategies can help the liberal arts, broadly defined, to address these digital-era challenges and opportunities? As the sponsor of this open-access book, the Center for Teaching and Learning at Trinity College (CTL), will support its open peer review and publication in freely-accessible digital formats, possibly in cooperation with a scholarly press. The final product is primarily intended for liberal arts educators, with online examples, tutorials, and exercises that may be shared with student writers.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Overall, this born-digital volume will integrate why questions with online examples and tutorials to illustrate how faculty and students are engaging in this type of work. We welcome essays with first-person perspectives, or co-authored by educators and/or learners, or those that include student-authored content, either anonymous or credited (with permission). Innovative essays that build on collaboration and/or contrasting points of view are encouraged, and contributors may submit co-authored essays or individual pieces written in coordination with other authors. We expect insightful and imaginative writing, supported with rich examples, in a clear and compelling style that makes readers want to learn more. See the ideas & proposals page to intellectually engage with other contributors and build a more cohesive final product. (For a related born-digital book, see Writing History in the Digital Age, which provided the inspiration and general editorial policies for WebWriting.)
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 All commenters and contributors retain the copyright to their own works, but must agree to freely share their content under our Creative Commons license BY-NC, as described below. Authors are encouraged to include links, writing samples, or digital media (such as screenshots, screencasts, images, video) and are responsible for obtaining any copyright permissions. If you are looking for advice on ways to illustrate your essay, post a comment on our ideas & proposals page.
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All contributors and commenters are required to use their full names. No anonymous remarks will be permitted. Any language deemed inappropriate by the CTL editors will be removed. During the open review period, revisions to essays are not permitted because doing so could break links to readers’ comments.
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Essay selection policy:
All ideas & proposals are welcome, but the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will select which essays advance to the open peer review and final manuscript, based on our judgment of its quality and relationship to the volume as a whole, as shaped by the context of online commentary. We expect to send “revise & resubmit” instructions to some contributors, and decline to advance others whose topic was addressed more thoroughly elsewhere in the volume. Essays that spark thoughtful commentary are more likely to advance than those which do not. Authors who do not advance to the next round will be notified by private email.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 As the author, I am the original creator (or co-creator) of the work submitted and agree to share it under the same Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States (BY-NC) license used by the Web Writing site. I acknowledge that the Creative Commons license allows me as author (or co-author) to retain the copyright of the work while making a non-exclusive agreement for it to be freely shared with others, as long as the original source is cited.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 I will clearly state whether any portion of this essay is under review or has been previously published elsewhere. If any material in this essay has been copyrighted by others, I will obtain written permission from the copyright proprietor and include it with this submission, or clearly explain if and how it falls within fair use guidelines. Also, I warrant that the essay contains no matter that is defamatory or otherwise in violation of the rights of others.
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 1 By submitting this essay, I understand that the editors may accept or decline it for inclusion in the Web Writing site. If accepted for the website, I will receive at least two weeks to review the digital draft and make revisions and enhancements prior to Fall 2013 open review and public commentary period. At any time during the open review, an author may request that the editors “close comments” on an essay and remove it from active discussion on the website, which also would eliminate it from further consideration for publication. However, the Creative Commons license for this work cannot be revoked, and a static copy of the essay (with comments prior to closing) will be digitally archived by the editors and will continue to be accessible by the public.
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 After the open review period, I understand that the editors may accept or decline my essay for inclusion in the final manuscript for publication by Michigan Publishing. If accepted for the final manuscript, I will receive at least four weeks to revise the essay in response in editorial feedback. I also grant Michigan Publishing the right to publish my contribution in all languages and for all future print and electronic editions, under same Creative Commons license for this site (BY-NC).