Center for Research on Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE)


The WIDE Research Center creates new knowledge about digital communication and promotes the transfer of this knowledge to school, workplace, and community contexts to promote learning, knowledge work, and citizenship.

WIDE pursues answers to basic, powerful questions regarding digital communication in a way that is flexible, collaborative, and entrepreneurial. WIDE pursues interdisciplinary grant funded research, consults with organizations, creates market opportunities from its own intellectual property, contributes significantly to scholarly literature in various fields,and supports undergraduate and graduate student research.

How can WIDE Work with You?

Communications Consulting

Assess your organization’s writing practices and goals and recommend improvements in training, technology use, and meeting customer and client needs.
Offer workshops, training materials, and technology roadmaps tailored to your organization’s communication needs.

Research Partnerships

Collaborate with academic units and community organizations to carry out projects that advance knowledge about digital writing and that have real world impact.
Participate in projects that demand expertise in text analysis, qualitative organizational studies, community and participatory design, usability, and information modeling.
Designing and developing tools that support writing and knowledge making.

Teaching with Innovative Writing Technologies

Provide workshops and consulting for faculty who want to intergrate cutting-edge writing technologies into their classrooms.
Provide support for piloting innovative pedagogies using cutting-edge writing tools, allowing you to develop proof-of-concept materials.


7 Olds Hall at MSU


Business; industry; government; educators; community organizations


MSU Foundation; Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture

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