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Tweets for Civility:

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Lacy Hope

on 30 November 2015

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Transcript of Tweets for Civility:

Multimodality and Civil Discourse
Networked multimodal platforms (SNS) should first be purposed as a space for engaging in civil discourse
These platforms put students into direct conversation with each other and emphasize immediate dialogue through various modes
“Communicative technologies, like many other technologies, reinforce, amplify, revise, and extend their ideologies. By using them, you change your environment. By communicating with others through them, you alter your frames and assumptions about the world." --Elizabeth Clark
Networked multimodal platforms, thus give students greater opportunities for applying and developing strategies for civil discourse
Discussion of Research
Semester-long assignment having students use Twitter to discuss controversial topics
Required to respond to the class Tweet in alphabetic text and to a peer with any mode they thought best
Frequently discussed how SNS may not frequently house civil discourse, but that its designed perfectly for it
Civil Discourse in the FYC Classroom
“Single-mindedness is available to those who are situated in the habitus in such a way that they seldom hear or read arguments that carry sufficient force to change their beliefs." --Sharon Crowley
Civil discourse asks students to serve as both teacher and learner
“In such rapid-fire communication [made possible through spaces like SNS], it becomes easy to disrespect or dismiss others” --Craig Rood
Algorithms like the filter bubbles found on some SNS can limit the information a user is exposed to
Successful civil discourse assignments ask students to demonstrate:
Opening up
Searching for sameness
Examining differences
Listening deeply
SNS as Multimodal Comp
“The use of several semiotic modes in the design of a semiotic product or event, together with the particular way in which these modes are combined” --Kress and Van Leeuwen
SNS allows users to utilize several semiotic modes through their various features
Students are already using SNS outside of the classroom
Allows students to not only use these modes in restricted settings, but in public writing settings as well, extending current multimodal benefits
“In contrast to the development of a writing public, the classroom writer is not a member of a collaborative group with a common project linked to the world at large and delivered in multiple genres and media, but a singular person writing over and over again--to the teacher” --Kathleen Blake Yancey

Social networking sites (SNS) afford students great opportunities to practice 21st century composition, especially when learning how to communicate civilly on digital spaces
Most new media scholarship doesn't directly address these benefits
To initiate conversation, this research situates SNS as a form of multimodal composition that can be purposed as a tool for exploring strategies for civil discourse.
Tweets for Civility:
Utilizing Twitter as a Tool for Civil Discourse in the FYC Classroom

Brief Overview of Findings
Findings taken from midterm survey responses
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