Author: Kristeen Cherney

Kristeen Cherney is a doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition at Georgia State University. Her research interests include composition pedagogy, disability studies, mindfulness in composition, and literacy studies. Aside from teaching first-year composition, she also works with Georgia State's Lower Division Studies.

Technology is increasingly becoming a requirement in composition courses. After all, many of our students have practically grown up using smartphones, so the assumption is that they will automatically be comfortable with multimodal projects that incorporate technological components with traditional writing. Yet such pedagogy does not take into account students battling anxiety. These students might appear disinterested or “lazy,” when in fact the idea of creating a multimodal project among peers causes extreme stress. In these cases, anxiety might be related to a mental health disorder, or the technology itself can induce symptoms in students who might not otherwise experience anxiety…

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