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Monday, March 06, 2006

RMPTC part 2.


Well your intrepid blogger failed to even remotely live blog the second day of RMPTC. I did take some pictures, however, which I will post along with my comments here.

The started out with a nice mingling of poster sessions and breakfast. Since it did indeed snow I got to the BYU campus 35 minutes into the poster session. Luckilly I had a chance to talk to some of the folks and snap a few pictures. I then met up with feloow SLiCCkers (SLCC is fondly called "Slick" by locals) and we discussed the sessions we wished to attend. I chose to attend "trapped by Terminology: Empowering Students to Talk More Effectively about Their Writing" put on by folks from the BYU Writing Center. With clever props the session explored the ins and outs of tutor/student writer communication and how one can best rectify the situation.

We next had the pleasure of hearing Steve Sherwood's keynote address. Steve addressed the issue of humor and style in tutoring.

I then attended the University of Utah's presentation on developing a tutoring manual for new tutors. I was inspired by the idea of having new tutors write a manual for the next generation of tutors. I think I will attempt this with the next round of tutors who go through training.

After lunch I went to the session from SLCC's Community Writing Center. I'm glad I went because I learned more about volunteering opportunities.

In all the conference was a success, I think. The folks who work in the SLCC Student Writing Center are still talking about it.

On a completely different front, the conference convinced me that I should pursue making a podcast to go along with this text-only blog. Basically the podcast will cover peer tutoring issuess aimed at a broad writing center audience. More on that later.

2 comments:

  1. The problem with my ideas is that I have a lot of them, and then suddenly, other people also have them. Namely, Clint, you stole my podcasting idea. But I think it would be a very cool thing to do.

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  2. Well like this blog, the PeerCentered podcast is going to be a community effort. I'm working on a call for submissions now, but am getting a little hung up on some legal junk. Basically the way that the music industry is these days we won't be able to take any submission which makes use of any music that is the intellectual property of anyone other than the submitter or someone the submitter can get clearance from. Bascially podcasts are held to the same restrictions (and even more stringent ones) that radio stations are held to: if you play a song you have to pay a royalty.

    I hope that will dampen anyone's spirit for creating audio segments for the podcast.

    Anyway we'll see how it goes!

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