This is an exciting CCCC for me: I have a solid presentation planned with solid colleagues in a solid slot (B, at 12:15 on Thursday), and I’m more excited about this year’s Intellectual Property Caucus than ever.

Here’s why: Elizabeth Woodworth and I are co-leading a table at the IP Caucus on teaching with IP. But we were worried that we might come up with all these great ideas and then not put them into practice when we return home. So we decided to focus our energies on one pedagogical approach: storytelling.

And even better: you can share too. (“Me?!” Yes, you. Teacher, student, passerby, whatever.)

Can I just have the short version? I’m busy.

  1. Share your story of learning or teaching IP.
  2. Use the DALN to record and archive your story so others can read/hear/see it.
  3. Keep an eye on #ipstory for updates and links.
  4. Spread the word at your sessions–even if you only briefly draw attention to the #ipstory hashtag.

What form will these stories take?

We’re encouraging people to share their stories with the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, a stellar repository of stories about people’s experiences developing various literacies (including, we believe, IP literacies). We like the DALN because it already has the mechanisms in place to make adding metadata a snap and to allow story-tellers to choose how their stories may be used in the future. The stories can be composed of text, audio, or (our favorite) video.

Best of all, submitting to the DALN is easy either from home or by dropping by their booth outside of Exhibit Hall 1 in America’s Convention Center at C’s.

What kinds of stories do you want?

Surprise us! But in general, we expect two basic directions: 1) narratives about learning IP issues–perhaps stories of being accused of plagiarism or copyright violation, of boldly exercising fair use rights, or of suspecting that your own intellectual property had been wrongly used–and 2) narratives about teaching these issues to students, including informal explanations of pedagogies.

Here’s a perfect example that’s already available in the DALN (though it wasn’t recorded as part of this #ipstory initiative): http://daln.osu.edu/handle/2374.DALN/1279 The composer of the narrative tells a story about being accused of plagiarism in the 4th grade and how it affected her. It’s shortinformal, and memorable.

You can also check out IP Stories from Kyle and Elizabeth below or through other sites (Kyle’s at YouTube or DALN and Elizabeth’s at Vimeo or DALN).

How will people access all this stuff?

Throughout the C’s, we’ll be tweeting updates on the project with the hashtag #ipstory. That’s where we’ll add links to any IP stories that we’ve found, and that’s where we’ll add a link to an open Google Doc that will host the pedagogical suggestions on how to use these stories in composition classes. (We’ll post a link to the Doc to #ipstory when it’s ready, and certainly before the conference proper begins on Thursday morning.)

Exciting stuff, eh? I think so.

UPDATE
Please post suggestions on how to teach with IP Stories at this Google Doc. Thanks!
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