ERIC Number: ED234398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Benevolent Beast: Computer-Assisted Instruction for the Teaching of Writing.
Selfe, Cynthia L.; Wahlstrom, Billie J.
Michigan Technological University is designing a series of computer modules for supplementary, process-based writing instruction. The Wordsworth II program will lighten the workload of composition instructors by involving students in an individualized writing program outside the regular classroom. It is a sophisticated and interactive program that, unlike most commercial software for composition, addresses all parts of the composing process, from initial planning of topic through the final polishing. Each of the modules focuses on one of eight writing assignments commonly given in composition courses: description, narration, personal writing, classification, evaluation, persuasion, literary analysis, and creative writing. The planning program of each module, after reviewing for students the major lecture points associated with the assignment, will involve them in prewriting strategies such as brainstorming or inventing topics, focusing through freewriting, and constructing audience profiles. The polishing program focuses on early, middle, and later drafts, including proofreading. The program also reacts to students' responses, reminding them of previous answers, and evaluating responses. The modules are written in a lively, engaging style, and avoid computer or composition jargon and complicated file manipulation in order to encourage neophyte as well as experienced computer users. Developers of the Wordsworth programs believe it points the direction of computer-assisted instruction in the composition classroom, and students have indicated that they have found the prototype very useful in their writing efforts. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Freshman Composition