ERIC Number: ED337783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-19
Reference Count: 0
A Different Dynamic: The Changing Role of the Teacher in the Writing Classroom.
Holian, Gail C.; Chismar, Connie
As the writing instructors at Georgian Court College, Lakewood, New Jersey (a four-year, Catholic, liberal arts college), moved from the classroom to the computer lab, new classroom dynamics resulted in positive changes and challenges in both teaching and learning. The writing center is located in a newly renovated building and includes 15 computers and 5 printers. The writing center and the academic units of the college adopted WordPerfect as the standard word processing program. Writing instructors use the computers to present and review concepts and for responding to student writing, using the "document comment" feature of WordPerfect. Students use the computer as a tool for generating ideas and organizing their thoughts. Electronic mail shows great potential for teaching and learning, especially in a writing course. A majority of students' comments on the use of computers in the writing class were related to the ease of revision. Classroom dynamics changed as students gradually shifted away from the mechanics (asking for help with computers and software applications) and towards content as they began to ask peers and instructors to read the text on the screen and make suggestions. The atmosphere of the computer lab encourages collaboration and allows the instructor to become a facilitator rather than a lecturer. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Georgian Court College NJ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Computers and English (4th, Old Westbury, NY, April 19, 1991).