UCT Teaching and Learning Conference

Join us at the UCT Teaching and Learning Conference on 2 August 2017 for a presentation of the Changing Writing project.


Changing Writing

Presentation style

PechaKucha style short presentations by members of the project:
Arlene Archer, Rachel Weiss, Christine Price, Akisha Pearman, Nicola Pallitt.


‘Changing Writing’ is a three year research project in CHED. It aims to investigate the changing status and forms of writing in Higher Education in a digital age with a focus on student access and diversity. Contemporary writing is marked by an increasing multiplicity and integration of different forms of meaning-making, including images, sound, layout. Technological changes are transforming how writing is produced, distributed and accessed. This has implications for teaching writing particularly as writing remains the main mode of assessment. As we are at the beginning of the project, five key concepts will be explored as theoretical building blocks for the study. These include: Affordance (Nicola Pallit), Precedent (Christine Price), Multimodal Competence (Akisha Pearman), Voice (Arlene Archer) and Stance (Rachel Weiss). Through PechaKucha style short presentations, we explore how these concepts can be applied to a range of Higher Education contexts, texts and practices, and how these concepts allow us to think more deeply about student access and diversity through changing dominant writing practices in Higher Education spaces and interpretive events such as assessment.