Abstract: This article investigates the writing mode, multimodal aspects, and folksonomic elements of digital composition gathered from a WordPress-based ePortfolio platform.* Focusing on the student perspective, data was gathered through both surveys of first year students and text analysis of digital compositions in order to produce quantitative results that can be replicated and aggregated. This research demonstrates the impact of assignment design and platform affordances on student composition practices. Results show that incoming students do not fit the "digital native" myth, nor are they prepared to engage in digital scholarship at the college level without significant guidance and specific requirements that scaffold digital work.
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Licastro, A. (2017). The problem of multimodality: what data-driven research can tell us about online writing practices. Communication Design Quarterly Review, 4(4), 55–73. https://doi.org/10.1145/3071088.3071094