Writing with thumbs iconThe Writing with Thumbs project is funded by a grant from Elon’s Writing Excellence Initiative.

Project objectives

  • Students will critically evaluate the merit of selected writing-based apps, and compose their findings in a multimedia-enhanced blog post. These blog articles would include: reflections regarding their evaluation and effectiveness of apps, writing with a mobile device, strategies for incorporating multimedia into digital texts, and tips for using different apps and tools to support and enhance student writing.
  • Students will also reflect on the device’s influence on their writing, coursework and general life as a student. These reflections will hopefully give insight about how to best leverage mobile devices in an academic setting.
  • Create a student-authored repository of information about pre-determined mobile devices, accessories and apps for diverse forms of digital writing (you’re looking at it 🙂 )
  • Increase campus awareness of apps to facilitate the writing process.

Student writers

TLT selected five students from various academic programs to participate in the project.

  • Stephanie Bedard – International Business Major
  • Aurora Albi-Mercier – Media Arts & Entertainment Major
  • Maria Temming – Physics and English
  • Amanda Cassaday – Elementary Education
  • Analise Godfrey – Masters of Physician Assistant Studies

Project leaders

  • Michael Vaughn and Dan Reis – Teaching and Learning Technologies, Elon University
  • Casey Brown – Writing Intern for Technology, Elon University

Icon attributions

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