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The evolution of the computers and writing conference

Computers and Composition Volume 12, Number 3, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


From its start as an informal meeting at the University of Minnesota in 1982, the yearly conference on computers and writing has remained on the cutting edge of technology and composition pedagogy. In other ways, however, it has changed: Presenters are now more likely to discuss their uses of commercial applications than to demonstrate homemade programs; the focus has shifted from the lone computer user to collaborative uses of technology; instructors are less worried about how the computer will control the user than about how users may manipulate others through technology; the presentations have become increasingly theoretical; the conference has expanded, both materially and in its intellectual scope; recent presentations suggest an increasing self-consciousness about computers and composition studies as a discipline; and the conference reflects the social hierarchy that has developed within this emerging discipline.


Gerrard, L. (1995). The evolution of the computers and writing conference. Computers and Composition, 12(3), 279-292. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved December 4, 2022 from .

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