Resistance through beautiful things

To write this academic project, my partner Katherine Snow and I applied the principles of web-based writing that I will share today.


  • Martha Attridge Bufton, Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian, Carleton University Library
  • You?

Course guide: Library website


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Course guide link: EDC 001

Different genres of writing

Switching writing genres is challenging:

  • Audiences differ
  • Vocabulary differs
  • Media of communications can differ


Case in point: Graduate project on Indigenous resurgence



To understand the merits of changing the genre of writing scholarly materials to suit a web environment.


In the context of scholarly web writing, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • chunking text using several strategies
  • the use plain language


You will edit a piece of text using two principles of web writing: 

  • Chunking text 
  • Plain language


Working in a Google Doc, we'll cover the following:

  • Tip 1: Chunk text
    • Rewrite 2
  • Tip 2: Plain Language
    • Rewrite 2

Translating scholary work online

According to the Poynter Institute Eyetrack study of reading online, we don’t read material in a linear fashion—this isn’t the same experience as reading in print.


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Our eyes don't move left to right, top to bottom. Instead:

  • Our eyes move all over the place.
  • We scan and forage.

If we want our readers to have a good online experience reading our scholarly material, we need to understand:

  • Material must presented differently from how it is constructed in a paper.
  • This  means different mix of media, vocabulary, length of paragraphs, etc.

We continue to do (rigorous) research or forgo academic integrity (i.e., proper citations) while recognizing the need to switch writing genres.

Writing web-based academic projects is a different form of scholarly communication.