Title

The Risks and Rewards of Data Creation: A Heuristic for Composition Instructors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2021

Publication Title

Computers and Composition

Keywords

Writing Technologies, Pedagogy, Faculty Development Data, Social Media

ISSN

8755-4615

Volume

60

First Page

102641

Abstract

This article provides a heuristic for composition instructors to help them examine digitally networked technologies (DNTs) so that they may decide whether or not the rewards of using such technologies outweigh the risks. In circumstances where instructors do not have much say in which DNTs they must use or in the ways they must use them, the heuristic is also meant to help instructors work with their administrators to show them the potential risks that such technologies pose to instructors’ careers. In other words, it offers instructors a means in which to reflect upon the unique roles instructors take on and to help them speak with those at their institutions who make important decisions regarding the technologies they can and cannot use in their classrooms. Specifically, this heuristic enables instructors to pay closer attention to the data that they and others might create, control, use, and circulate when using DNTs and to determine whether this data might help to advance instructors’ careers in ways that uniquely benefit instructors or whether the use of DNTs might actually hinder their careers instead.

Comments

©2021 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

ORCID ID

0000-0003-4639-5864

DOI

10.1016/j.compcom.2021.102641

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