A new volume in the University of Michigan Press’s Digital Humanities series has been published. Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning, edited by Jack Dougherty and Tennyson O’Donnell (Trinity College), is now freely available on the web (as a download or web edition) under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license, and available for purchase in print from the University of Michigan Press.
Chapters are grouped together in sections focused on Communities, Engagement, Crossing Boundaries, and Citation and Annotation. The Trinity College ePress edition of the book also includes a “Tutorials and Extras” section, with images, videos, and how-tos that the editors may update. Dougherty and O’Donnell frame the volume in their introduction:
Web Writing seeks to bridge philosophical and practical questions that arise from the experiences of liberal arts educators who have stepped into the digital realm. What are the most—and least—compelling reasons for why we should integrate web writing into our curriculum? Which tools and teaching methods deepen—rather than distract from—thoughtful learning? How does student engagement and sense of community evolve when we share our drafts and commentary on the public web? To what extent does writing on the web enable our students to cross over divisive boundaries, and what new challenges does it create? The book’s subtitle signals our desire to blend “why” questions with examples of “how” it can be done, presented in both print and digital formats.