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ERIC Number: ED263604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May-5
Pages: 21
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Converting Freshman English to Word Processing: A Case History.
Forseth, Roger
To improve the quality of instruction in composition classes at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, a project incorporating the use of word processors was instituted. The project began in the summer session of 1984 with a regular section of beginning English. Although some students experienced difficulty in learning to use the word processors, student evaluations were positive, and by the fall of 1986 all freshman composition classes will use word processors. Course syllabi have not been entirely revised, although the "theme-a-week convention" has been replaced by assignment of fewer papers with intensive revision and editing. Future developments will include hiring writing interns (advanced undergraduate English majors and other qualified students) for computer and tutorial training, instituting continuous enrollment in freshman English for those students who have failed to make the required "C", and exploring the possibility of having students purchase their own computers. It is hoped that the use of computers and writing interns in teaching composition courses will provide instructors with more time for teaching literature and doing research, as well as improving students' writing skills. A brief bibliography concludes the report. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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