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Welcome to Writing Commons, the open-education home for writers. Writing Commons helps students improve their writing, critical thinking, and information literacy. Founded in 2008 by Joseph M. Moxley, Writing Commons is a viable alternative to expensive writing textbooks. Faculty may assign Writing Commons for their compositionbusiness, STEM/Technical Writing, and creative writing courses. 

Writing Commons houses seven main sections: Information Literacy | Research Methods & Methodologies | Writing Processes | Collaboration | Genres | New Media | Style 

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Pronouns and Antecedents

Pronouns and Antecedents was written by Christopher Justice

 

Pronouns are an important part of speech because you use them frequently. And you should use pronouns because they serve important purposes. However, you need to make sure when you use pronouns, you’re using them effectively.

The main purpose of a pronoun is “to replace” a noun. The noun a pronoun replaces is called an antecedent. Pronouns, though, need to be coordinated with their antecedents. If they’re not, confusion quickly emerges for readers.

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Usability and User Experience Research

Usability and User Experience Research was written by Guiseppe Getto

 

Usability is the art of making sure that any kind of communication deliverable (e.g. a website, a handbook, a user guide, etc.) is intuitive, easy-to-use , and helps users achieve their goals. Usability is part of the broader discipline known as User Experience Design (or UX), which encompasses all aspects of the look, feel, and information contained in a communication deliverable. Usability testing, the process by which a communication deliverable is assessed, however, remains at the core of this discipline.

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An Interview with Trent Hergenrader

trenthergenraderAn Interview with Trent Hergenrader was conducted by Tamara Girardi

Trent Hergenrader is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches creative writing and literature. His research focuses on creative writing studies, digital writing, and game-based learning, which he brings together in courses where students collaboratively build vast fictional worlds using role-playing games as models for their writing. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Best Horror of the Year #1 and other fine places, and he is co-editor of Creative Writing in the Digital Age: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy.

 

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Conducting a Spatial Analysis through the Lens of Universal Design

Conducting a Spatial Analysis through the Lens of Universal Design was written by Katherine Silvester, Kate Chaterdon, & Elizabeth Bentley

 

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https://www.facebook.com/DisabilityMemes

 

The sign in this image reads, “WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCE AVAILABLE, PLEASE ASK INSIDE FOR ASSISTANCE.”  Obviously, this picture was taken and turned into a meme because someone thought it was funny, which it is.  But is it just funny, or does it reveal a deeper message about the way our society thinks about people with disabilities?  What does this meme actually tell us?  It tells us this building has been retrofitted with an alternative wheelchair accessible entrance, and its proprietors went so far as to post a sign with this information. However, the proprietors neglected to consider whether someone in a wheelchair could actually enter the main doors to “ask for assistance.” Perhaps the proprietors assumed that anyone in a wheelchair would have an able-bodied companion who could enter and inquire on their behalf—an assumption that undermines the independence of people with disabilities.

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The Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award 2014

The Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award 2014

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Kyle Stedman is assistant professor of English at Rockford University, where he teaches first-year composition, digital rhetoric, and creative writing. He studies rhetorics of sound, intellectual property, and fan studies. On QuizUp, his highest scores are in Lost (the TV show)..."

Episode 8: Looking into the Fish Tank: Tiny Encounters at CCCC
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stream below // download the mp3 // subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Podigee Transcript available here. Part 1: Tiny Encounters As I walked the 2015 meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, I stuck a mic in people's faces and asked them a simple question: what do you care about that you wish other people knew about? You'll hear lots of answers in the episode from these people, in this order: Heather Branstetter, Virginia Military Institute, @findheatherlee Rachel...
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