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WPA Plenary Discussion

At the July 2005 WPA Conference, participants heard compelling Plenary addresses by Malea Powell and Paul Prior. We invite participants to share thoughts about the addresses and/or the discussions that followed in breakout groups. We also invite discussions and queries from other WPA members on the topics raised in these addresses.

WPA in Anchorage

I'm here in Anchorage at the opening reception for the WPA 2005 Conference. Chris Anson and Shirley Rose have just delivered their welcoming remarks. Chris is the outgoing president, and Shirley is our new president. Both have worked really hard to make this conference a reality. Jeff White and Trish Jenkins, our local hosts, have done a marvelous job as well. Jeff is talking to us right now about catching shuttles and the "sweltering heat."

The weather outside is beautiful, about 70 degrees and no rain clouds in sight.

It's going to be a great conference!

Blogging Anchorage 2005

Here's my first blog entry, a quick demonstration of the type of content that you can include in your blogs at Digital WPA. It describes a purely hypothetical situation. (-:

Last night, on my way to the opening reception at the conference, I ran into someone I thought I recognized but couldn't place. I snapped this photo.

So he proceeded to tell me that he was hoping to find the WPA conference in Anchorage a transformative experience. I said, "I sure hope so for the sake of your ethos back on campus!"

"My Blog" at Digital WPA

Just in time for WPA 2005 in Anchorage! WPA Members can now post messages to a personal blog space at the Digital WPA site. You can use this space to "blog a conference" or just about anything else. Readers will be able to read and respond to your blog content. You can also include rich HTML content (if you choose) or just type away and let Drupal do some of the formatting work for you.

Special Election of Replacement Executive Board Member

Please vote to fill one position on the WPA Executive Board that was left vacant by Cynthia Martin’s resignation.  The new board member’s term will begin immediately following the election and end June 30, 2007.  Members should vote for one candidate in the following pairing.

Continuing Board members will be Chris Anson (Past President), Shirley K Rose (President), Jennie Dautermann (Secretary),  John Heyda (Treasurer), Lauren Fitzgerald, Joe Janangelo, Raul Sanchez, Rebecca Moore Howard, Martha Patton, Carrie Leverenz, Dominic Delli-Carpini, and Stephen Wilhoit, and representatives from Digital WPA, the WPA Editorial Team, and the Consultant Evaluator Program.

Computer Grading - homebrewed

Story out of Columbia, MO:
A sociology prof has designed "SAGrader" software to cut down on redundant comments he has to make on student papers. He got NSF funding to develop it. Check out the "sophisticated" feedback the program can give students (after the prof manually programs the program).

Hopefully the below link will work -- it's an AP story linked on Netscape News.

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