ERIC Number: ED452557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
The Politics of Technology and English Departments: The Machine in the Language Community.
As the 21st century begins, the clicking of computer keyboards is increasingly interrupting the calm of literary classrooms. The sound of new technology now marks the world in which students grow up and will live, how they learn, and in essence who they are. How do educators cope and make it all work? On a typical day this could happen: the department chair determines there is not enough money in the budget for a needed software program; the computer staff cuts off the campus mail server without telling you, the instructor; and your students complain that others in class are more, or less, computer literate than they are. The following are some ways to negotiate through these kinds of situations: first--form political alliances with your colleagues, administrators, the computer staff, and your students; and second--demonstrate your program's "productivity." Teaching technical writing is a continuous, and often frustrating, learning process. Despite its downsides, though, the technical writing teacher must be willing to "embrace" technology to be successful. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (52nd, Denver, CO, March 14-17, 2001).