Event Title

Digital Literacy in Rural First Year Composition Students

Start Date

8-11-2017 8:30 AM

End Date

8-11-2017 12:30 PM

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This poster is a representation of Jo Anna Nevada's potential dissertation material for her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing. Her study looks at the concept of how coming from digitally rural areas, which comprise nearly half of New Mexico and more than a third of the United States, affects the digital literacy of students entering first-year composition (FYC) courses and how it then affects their ability to engage with and complete FYC coursework. Because much of FYC work is done using digital technologies such as the internet, email, the Blackboard system, and Microsoft products, the assertion of this study is that the digitally rural students are at an inherent disadvantage because not only are they being asked to learn the content of the course, but they are also being asked to learn a menagerie of computer skills, something which takes away time and effort from the assignments at hand. The content presented is essentially an outline of the proposed course of research, how the data is expected to be collected and analyzed for this project, and what the implications for this research might be.

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Digital Literacy in Rural First Year Composition Students

This poster is a representation of Jo Anna Nevada's potential dissertation material for her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing. Her study looks at the concept of how coming from digitally rural areas, which comprise nearly half of New Mexico and more than a third of the United States, affects the digital literacy of students entering first-year composition (FYC) courses and how it then affects their ability to engage with and complete FYC coursework. Because much of FYC work is done using digital technologies such as the internet, email, the Blackboard system, and Microsoft products, the assertion of this study is that the digitally rural students are at an inherent disadvantage because not only are they being asked to learn the content of the course, but they are also being asked to learn a menagerie of computer skills, something which takes away time and effort from the assignments at hand. The content presented is essentially an outline of the proposed course of research, how the data is expected to be collected and analyzed for this project, and what the implications for this research might be.