While incorporating digital technologies for writing into a course can be daunting for many professors and requires a willingness to take risks, the use of digital writing provides many vital benefits to students.
- Digital writing helps students develop essential digital literacy skills as they seek, obtain, evaluate, and utilize information found from a variety of sources online.
- Digital writing develops the student’s ability to communicate with colleagues and peers across digital platforms in an ethical and professional manner.
- Digital writing allows instructors and students to seek out and incorporate real-world and real-time examples into the course, which can foster student interests and involvement.
- Digital writing allows students a greater degree of self-guided learning and problem solving as students are able to work solo and collaboratively on “real-world” situations with their classmates and/or others in the community.
- Digital writing allow us to expand the notion of “writing” beyond the limits of traditional pen-and-paper by allowing students to incorporate multimedia and mixed-media in the construction of arguments.
- Digital writing provides a networked environment where students are able to write for a wider audience. Beyond their professor, students may be writing for professionals working in their chosen field, or individuals affected by work in their field.
- Digital writing provides tools which can expand the students’ engaged learning experience beyond the four walls of the classroom. These tools open the possibility for students to engage in course content (and for us to guide and encourage them) in an a-synchronic environment. Discussions from the course can continue to develop and enrich our teaching and learning even after the class has ended.