Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Picture of Shelley Rodrigo


Shelley Rodrigo

Associate Director of the Writing Program

Associate Professor of English

University of Arizona


Keynote Address:  Moving from “Writing to Learn” to “Multimedia-to-Learn”:  How and Why

One of the reasons for teaching writing is to provide students with a toolbox of strategies for future composing scenarios.  By only asking students to produce pre-writing, write-to-learn, and/or invention work activities in traditional text, we are limiting the types of tools for their toolbox.  Why can’t students use the results of a Google image search to help narrow a topic?  Why shouldn’t students record themselves talking about secondary research articles for an annotated bibliography entry?  Rodrigo will discuss “multimedia-to-learn” assignments within Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) studies:  low-stakes  activities  that can be used to both incorporate more writing into a non-writing focused course as well as scaffold the production of larger writing projects across the disciplines.  She will also look at active and generative learning theories that emphasize the need for students to learn through constructing their own knowledge in personally meaningful ways.



SHELLEY RODRIGO is Associate Director of the Writing Program and Associate Professor in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona.  Her research interested include how “newer” technologies can better facilitate communicative interactions, specifically in teaching and learning.  In addition to co-authoring three editions of The Wadsworth/Cengage Guide to Research, Rodrigo has also co-edited Rhetorically Rethinking Usability.  Her work has appeared in Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Technical Communication Quarterly, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, and Enculturation, as well as various edited collections.  Rodrigo has an MA and PhD in English, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities, all from Arizona State University.


Professor Rodrigo appears courtesy of Cengage Learning.