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For More Discussion of Basic Writing and Technology:

The links we provide will connect you to a wealth of scholarship on Basic Writing and Technology. You will also find other links on this Wiki that relate to the discussion of Basic Writing as well as Technology in the composition classroom. We encourage you to read through them to further your own understanding and to keep the conversation going.

Council on Basic Writing

This site for the Council on Basic Writing offers links and resources of Basic Writing. Whether you are new to BW or a tenured professor, this should be your first stop for information about the history, current trends, and future of BW. offers a virtual cornucopia of articles and resources across the composition field.

Journal of Basic Writing

The Journal of Basic Writing is an online resource for connecting Basic Writing Instructors and sharing ideas and practices for the classroom and is Sponsored by the Council on Basic Writing.

Basic Writing eJournal

For articles and written discussions of Basic Writing topics and history, consult the Basic Writing eJournal.

Boise State University Center for Teaching and Learning

At Boise State University, the Center for Teaching and Learning frequently offers dynamic and comprehensive classes on academic technologies. We encourage instructors to be on the look out for and demand these courses at their respective institutions.

Using Computers In Composition Classrooms

What readings would be in A Critical Sourcebook for Computers in Composition Classrooms?

Using Blogs in Writing Classes

Using Blogs in Writing Classes: Why? When? How? Instead of? Challenges? Examples?

New Media Courses

How are teachers designing courses for writing in/with “new media”?

About the Authors

Andrea Oyarzabal

In December of 2010, Andrea was awarded her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boise State University and is currently working toward her Masters Degree in Rhetoric and Composition at Boise State. Her areas of interest include composition and orality with particular emphasis in corpus linguistics. Andrea’s interests spring from her work with Dr. Bruce Ballenger and from her experience working in the Boise State Writing Center. Currently, Andrea is working as a Teaching Assistant at Boise State University and has taught English 101, English 102, and BSU’s new English 101+ program: a hybrid of English 101 and Basic Writing (English 90). Her current research has her studying the use of orality in the FYC classroom as a tool for teaching and improving student writing practices. She expects to complete her M.A. degree program in May 2013. Once she has received her degree, Andrea plans to gain more teaching experience before continuing on in her education to earn a Ph.D.

If you have questions or would like to speak with Andrea, she may reached via email:

Rob Shaffer

After leaving the University of Delaware on a ten year hiatus and serving in the U.S. Army, Rob returned to school to earn his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Writing Emphasis (2011) from Boise State University. Working as a consultant in the Boise State Writing Center presented him with opportunities to explore student writing and pedagogies of writing instruction. Serving as an intern with the Melville Marginalia Project at BSU fostered his interest in researching theories of rhetoric and composition. As a Teaching Assistant at Boise State University, Rob has taught courses in English 101 and English 102. His interest in technology in the classroom has lead to the design and presentation of Professional Development Workshops involving iPads, applications, and podcasting tools in the classroom. Rob’s interests in medieval rhetoric and semiotics sparked his thesis research, wherein he examines feasts in the Middle Ages to demonstrate how noblemen used them as a form of rhetoric to increase their political, social, cultural, and economic capital. On completion of his Master’s, Rob hopes to continue his education through a Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Composition.

If you have questions or would like to speak with Rob, he may reached via email:

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