Vortex(t) is part of the Digital Writing and Information Literacy Initiative at CNU.
The Digital Writing and Information Literacy Initiative (dwili) involves 21st-century collaborations between students, instructional librarians, and teachers of writing at Christopher Newport University. On the dwili page, you can read about the initiative’s mission in detail, find lesson plans and sample syllabi, a text library, and an archive of technology platform links.
Dwili reimagines the writing classroom in response to the proliferation of open, collaborative digital media platforms and information spaces. This revision is needed because participatory online environments are redefining both what it means to engage in “writing” and strive towards “literacy.”
In our current information environment, learners engage in multi-modal inscription using words, images, video, sound, and more. Learners are constantly evaluating, using, and creating digital information in their daily lives, and they still need to engage with traditional scholarly forms of information in the classroom. There is often a radical division between their experiences with information in digital and traditional forms.
By integrating digital writing and information literacy, dwili positions students as collaborative inventors capable of contributing to ongoing conversations in traditional and digital scholarly contexts. Dwili encourages students to take a critical stance toward information in all its forms by questioning the social and political implications of information creation, accessibility, and use. As students create texts in open, online formats, they are guided to question closed systems for producing and organizing information, such as scholarly publishing and the library itself.
Dwili depends on the combined perspectives of students, librarians, and writing teachers, represented in the graphic below.