About Amy

(Under perpetual revision! I had bios scattered all over the place, so I’m going to try and consolidate them here.)

About Amy

See also: My background in teaching with technology, my CV, and my Reappointment Materials for 2014.

You’re also welcome to visit my farm web site at: Marehaven.org

The PWR Version

As a long-time member of the PWR Technology Committee and now the program’s Digital Literacy Coordinator (see Coordinator Bio), I’ve offered workshops on topics relating to teaching writing with technology for many years.

I’ve incorporated digital literacy practices into my classroom activities over the past decade, and starting a few years ago, I began to integrate the theory and practice of digital composition as well, particularly in my WRTG 3020 class on the Rhetoric of Gender and Sexuality. The class explores what we know about gender and sexuality (and how we know it) through a variety of discourses and mediums, and students engage with the topic while learning to compose rhetorically aware messages in a variety of digital formats.

I’m especially interested in continuing to explore the possibilities of digital storytelling as a rhetorically powerful form of communication, relevant within and across all disciplines as well as in civic and professional contexts. At this year’s COLTT, I gave a two hour presentation/mini-workshop on Digital Storytelling that was very well-received — although, interestingly, the attendees were all from outside the writing program!

Once Upon a Time…

Before accepting a teaching position at the University of Colorado in 1999, I worked for many years as a web site designer and computer consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a primary emphasis on helping women and women-owned small businesses.

In the early 1990′s, I registered the domain name lesbian.org and used it to build the first comprehensive collection of resources for lesbians on the web. I also published the first lesbian literary journal on the web and managed over a dozen listservs for women on a variety of issues.

As a result of my work for women in general and lesbians in particular, I was featured in a number of articles, books, radio interviews, and TV interviews in the mid 90′s as a notable “woman on the web.” While I took a break from web site building on a broad scale in order to return to teaching writing, I’ve continued to make use of the web’s potential for publishing and community building by building web sites for my classes.

(The rest of this story is under development in a digital storytelling project!)

My Digital Literacy Story

After interviewing several other people for my ShareYourComputerStories.net project, I came home, turned on the camera, and shared a few memories of my own. I’ll eventually do a proper version with title cards and transitions as well as images to illustrate various elements of the story.

If today's fifth graders are making video documentaries instead of writing research papers, what will count as "writing" by the time they arrive at college?