ERIC Number: ED294642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Teaching Basic Writing with Computers.
Baxter, Barbara C.
Before undertaking a computer-assisted composition class, several factors should be considered. First, there will be demands on the instructor to replan the entire course to include the effective use of computers; to teach fundamental word-processing skills in addition to writing skills; to develop enough knowledge of hardware and software to solve minor problems encountered by students; to compensate for new problems in student writing caused by the use of unfamiliar word-processing programs and machines; and to monitor, assist, and schedule out-of-class lab time in addition to class time. The use of computers also places extra demands on students by disrupting their accustomed methods of composing, placing increased demands on short-term memory, and requiring additional out-of-class lab time. By careful advance planning, familiarizing themselves with the lab and the equipment, adjusting teaching and learning styles to the environment, carefully choosing a word-processing program, and enlisting the help of a lab assistant or a colleague, instructors can alleviate many of these potential problems. While computers can be used for programmed grammar instruction, they are more useful for editing and correcting papers and in the writing stages of invention, development, and organization. Computer-assisted instruction may not be successful with every student, but it does provide alternative learning strategies for some students who are resistant to conventional writing instruction. (MDB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Louisville, KY, February 18-20, 1988).