ERIC Number: ED396335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Using the Internet in the Introductory Composition Classroom.
As more and more universities and composition classrooms add computer capabilities, the Internet is becoming an increasingly valuable part of the freshman composition course. The Internet can help students do research, learn and understand different perspectives on a given topic, and open their eyes to the potential of the technology. The most obvious and the most typical use of the Internet in composition is as a research tool for the documented paper. The Internet can also be integrated with the argumentative or persuasive paper, for instance, enabling students to examine the rhetorical practices of participants in bulletin board discussions on various topics. Newsgroups and the World Wide Web can provide sources and personal contacts for writing papers. OWLS (On-Line Writing Labs) provide hundreds of handouts about all aspects of writing. Internet sites for teachers include the English Server at Carnegie-Mellon, the Rhetoric and Composition site, and the Alliance for Computers and Writing. Teachers may also inspect a list of writing classes on the Web wherein assignments and papers are disk files or Web sites. Although teaching the technology will take time away from time spent on other writing instruction and assessment difficulties may arise, composition students can clearly benefit from using the Internet for their assignments. (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Assisted Writing; Computer Integrated Instruction; Computer Related Learning Environments; Newsgroups; World Wide Web
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (47th, Milwaukee, WI, March 27-30, 1996).