Revolution Lullabye

March 31, 2009

Taylor, Ten Commandments for Computers and Composition

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Taylor, Todd. “Ten Commandments for Computers and Composition.” In The Allyn and Bacon Sourcebook for Writing Program Administration. Eds. Ward and Carpenter. New York: Longman, 2002.

Taylor presents ten principles for WPAs to think about when designing their program’s use of computers and instructional technologies. These principles are ideological guides, not nitty-gritty technical advice about the kinds of computers or programs to use because that information changes so rapidly and depends on institutional context. The ten commandments:

  1. Keep people first
  2. Build from program principles
  3. Start simple
  4. Invest heavily in hands-on instructor training
  5. Revise strategies for instructing students
  6. Consult with others
  7. Expect the crash
  8. Consider access
  9. Be critical of technology
  10. Use technology as a lever for positive change

Quotable Quotes

“We need to be aware that experiments require leaps of faith that place students, teachers, and writing programs at risk.” (235) – make people, not the technology, come first

Notable Notes

big emphasis on professional development – corporate world invests $1 for training for every $3 of hardware – it doesn’t do any good if you don’t have people who can use it effectively

WPAs need to be always responding to the changes in technology

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