Participation, Equity and Inclusion: L2DL Digital Literacies Symposium

a hybrid symposium on research and practice

October 15th - 20th, 2018


Participation, a long-standing assessment category on language syllabi, has found a new conceptual life over the last few decades as digital literacies practices have become a part of everyday life and learning. This symposium  aims to contribute to discussions of the role of digital literacies in second language learning and teaching and biliteracy development,  by considering the ways in which technologically-mediated communication can enable new forms of participation and access, but also the ways in which participation in digital spaces is rarely full and equitable, but is more often than not fraught with questions of legitimacy and symbolic power. This event is free to attend, but participants must register for in-person or online access to the live presentations and discussions.

Conference Schedule, all times MST

October 15-20: Virtual Presentations Online

  • All virtual presentations will be available to view all week, with asynchronous discussion at any time.
  • Abstracts are on the Virtual Presentations page. To access the full presentations and their chats, symposium registrants can use the link emailed to them or go through the mobile app. 
  • Synchronous chat sessions. Please review the presentations before joining livechats with authors of the following papers:
    Wednesday, October 17
    10:00 – 10:20 am Rodrigo Schaefer (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina), Interculturality in Teletandem sessions. Moderated by Jaime Mejia Mayorga.
    10:30 – 10:50 am Kevin Bonine, Jill Castek, Gloria Jacobs, Jennifer Nichols, Blaine E. Smith, Leslie Sult, and Wen Wen (University of Arizona), Designing Learning Spaces that Promote Equity and Inclusion. Moderated by Nina Conrad.
    11:30 – 11:50 am Baburhan Uzum (Sam Houston State University), Bedrettin Yazan (The University of Alabama), Sedat Akayoglu (Abant Izzet Baysal University), and Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies), “What Holidays do People Celebrate there?”: Language of Inclusion and Exclusion in an Intercultural Virtual Exchange Project for Preservice Teachers. Moderated by Tara Hashemi.
    Thursday, October 18
    9:30 – 9:50 am Blaine E. Smith (University of Arizona), Mark B. Pacheco (University of Florida), and Mariia Khorosheva (University of Arizona), A Systematic Review of Multimodal Composing in Multilingual Secondary Classrooms: Main Themes and Future Areas for Exploration. Moderated by Francis Larson.
    10:00 – 10:20 am Harrison Campbell (University of Calgary), Literacy in the Green Room: A Phenomenological Inquiry into what it is Like to Experience Literacy within a Theatrical Space, Moderated by Lauren Harvey.
    10:30 – 10:50 am Michael D. Winans (Arizona State University), Ensuring Polite Email Requests: Simplifying the Syntax. Moderated by Aleks Novikov.
    11:00 – 11:20 Esther Hugues Santa Cruz and Nolvia Ana Cortez Román (Universidad de Sonora), Mexican University Youth’s Identity in Social Networking Sites through English as a Foreign language. Moderated by Casey Richardson.
    Friday, October 19
    9:00 – 9:20 am Luiza Collin (Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas) and Sarah Dietrich (Southeast Missouri State University), Participants as Designers of Product(s) and Process(es): An Online Collaboration between Multilingual Future Teachers and Students in the US and Mexico. Moderated by Chris Sanderson.
    9:30 – 9:50 am Mirjam Hauck (The Open University), Virtual Exchange for Critical Digital Literacy Skills Development. Moderated by Natalie Amgott.
    10:00 – 10:20 am Shelley Staples and Jeroen Gevers (University of Arizona), Multi-modality in the Corpus and Repository of Writing (Crow). Moderated by Stefan Vogel.
    10:30 – 11 am Hope Wilson (The Ohio State University), Guiding Students’ Online Cultural and Language Exploration. Moderated by Maggie Berti.


October 20, Live Events at the University of Arizona and livestreamed, all MST:

The following presentations are accessible to registered attendees in person in Tucson, and live online. Presentations take place in the Integrated Learning Center (ILC), room 150 (1500 E. University Blvd).

  • 9:00 – 9:30 am
  • Registration, with coffee and breakfast
  • 9:30 – 10:00 am
  • Opening remarks: Alain-Philippe Durand (Dean of the College of Humanities, University of Arizona), Jill Castek (University of Arizona), Chantelle Warner (CERCLL Co-DIrector, University of Arizona)
  • 10:00 – 10:40 am
  • Susan Herring (Indiana University), Ideology, Power, and Social Differences in Computer-Mediated Communication: A Gender Retrospective (Dr. Herring will be presenting remotely.)
  • 10:45 – 11: 25 am
  •  Ilona Vandergriff (San Francisco State University), L2 Identity and Equitable Participation in Digital Social Spaces
  • 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
  • 12:15 -12:25 pm
  • Discussion
  • 12:30 -1:30 pm
  • Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30 – 2:10 pm
  • Bonny Norton (University of British Columbia), Storybooks Canada and Global Storybooks: Promoting Children’s Multilingual Literacy in an Unequal Digital World (Dr. Norton will be presenting remotely.)
  • 2:15 – 2:55 pm
  • Carol Brochin (University of Arizona), Crossing Linguistic Borders and Gendered Binaries: Stories of (In)Equity and Inclusion in Bilingual, Queer Communities
  • 3:00 – 3:40 pm
  • Judy Kalman (Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del IPN), Digital Arrangements: The Appropriation of Information, Communication, and Design Technologies in a Marginalized Community in Mexico City
  • 3:40 – 4:00 pm
  • Discussion
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Reception with cash bar at The Dutch Eatery,  943 E. University Blvd.

Register here for this event!

L2DL 2018 is the third event in a biennial series that examines various roles of digital literacies in language learning. Presentations and resources from the 2014 and 2016 symposia can be found on the menu bar, above.

The L2DL 2018 Organizing Committee is composed of the following members, all at the University of Arizona: Chantelle Warner (Chair, CERCLL Co-Director, Department of German Studies); Jill Castek (Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies); Emily Hellmich (Department of French and Italian); Liudmila Klimanova (Department of Russian and Slavic Studies); Kate Mackay (CERCLL Assistant Director); Jacob Monzingo (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program); Shelley Staples (Department of English).

This event is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education that supports the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) and organized with the Technology-Enhanced Language Learning Initiative. It is sponsored by the College of HumanitiesCollege of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program, and Department of English at the University of Arizona.