On Friday, April 3, Badgerdog students in Austin participated in UWC After Hours’ Community Convergence: Bridging. Connecting. Translating.
Sponsored by the University of Texas’ Undergraduate Writing Center and Department of Rhetoric and Writing, this open house event showcased the pagecast projects of Badgerdog student writers who had previously participated in media translation workshops at the UWC.
Since the summer of 2008 Bagerdog has partnered with the UT Undergraduate Writing Center for a series of three-hour workshops to help students to foster creative and critical engagement with digital media and to become accustomed to seeing themselves as learners in a university setting. To goal of this project is to introduce high school creative writing students to effective and analytic use of technology by exploring different avenues for publishing their work. These workshops capitalize on the motivation of Badgerdog students to translate their original creative writing into multimedia productions of images, music, and their own voice recordings.
This translation project not only offers students an opportunity to create digital media and thus personally engage with technological production, but it offers a more visceral connection to the rhetorical and writing strategies necessary for a successful translation, such as concepts of audience, tone, and voice. Through this approach, we hope to encourage students to become critically engaged in the process of producing media as well as giving them an opportunity to join their own voice to the digital world.
To view previous Podcasts created by high school students in the Badgerdog program, click here.