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The Michigan State University Writing in Digital Environments Research Center and the Eastern Michigan University Written Communication Program invite you (faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, community members, anyone interested) to propose ideas that will seed the second annual,
free** WIDE-EMU (un)conference on Saturday, October 20, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan (Twitter hashtag #wideemu). Proposals should engage the framing questions:

What is composing today? How do people learn (and teach) it?

Folks are currently posting online "responses" to the questions in digitized formats (Phase Two, August 15 to October 8), which will be shaped into an (un)conference on Saturday, October 20 (Phase Three).  WIDE-EMU promises an opportunity for speaking, learning, sharing, building, and making around the question of evidence and best practices in the teaching of writing in digital environments. 

Featuring plenary speaker Dr. Bump Halbritter
"Teaching/Learning/Knowing Writing as Symbolic Action

Phase One: Propose
Now until September 5

As we did last year, we are calling for three types of sessions:  Talk, Do, and Make.  For more elaboration on the three session types and to submit your proposal, visit the WIDE-EMU 2012 Conference Proposal Form.

Sessions will be 70-minutes and should be planned to allow at least 30 minutes for discussion. In keeping with the loose structure of an unconference, we will schedule open sessions to allow for an emergent program (e.g., those who want to convene spontaneous sessions on October 20).

Curious about how the conference worked last year? Visit the WIDE-EMU '11 site.
Phase Two: Respond
Now through October 8

Once we get a sense of interest for the different types of sessions, the organizers/instigators (that'd be Bill Hart-Davidson, Derek Mueller, and Steve Krause) will assemble proposers into Make-Talk-Do sessions.  We will also contact proposers to initiate Phase Two, during which presenters will post something online that expands upon the proposal. What exactly this "something online" looks like is WIDE-EMU open: a blog entry, a slidedeck, a podcast, a video, etc. You could also think of this as a teaser or a preview for your session and a few of its key provocations. Plan to post your "something online" before October 8, 2012.
Phase Three: (Un)confer
Saturday, October 20

The big day, the (un)conference itself, which will be held in on the campus of Michigan State University

8:45-9:10 a.m. Coffee and Anticipatory Tweeting (#wideemu)
9:10-10:20 a.m. Session A
10:20-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:40 a.m. Session B
11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Break
11:50 a.m.-12:50 Plenary
12:50-1:50 Lunch & Collaborative Planning for Afternoon
1:50-3:00 p.m. Session C
3:00-3:10 p.m. Break
3:10-4:20 Session D
4:30-8:30 p.m. #beerrhetorics and/or debrief at Beggar's Banquet