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ERIC Number: ED377490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-19
Pages: 20
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Gopher Is No Longer Just a Rodent: Using Gopher and World Wide Web in Composition Studies.
Krause, Steve
Gopher and World Wide Web (WWW) are two useful Internet technologies for the composition and rhetoric classroom. Gopher software makes available a wide variety of text-based information in the Internet. A Gopher at Bowling Green State University offers many types of information. The World Wide Web, using a fairly simple markup language, is also "hypertextual" (meaning that highlighted words within the document connect to other documents or WWW resources), and can also include graphics, sounds, and short videos. Potential applications in the composition and rhetoric classroom include: (1) seeing Gopher searching as an idea-heuristic; (2) recognizing the importance of structure in Gopher-based assignments; and (3) using Gopher and WWW for general departmental and administrative tasks. Gopher's strong points include being easy, fast, and reliable; relatively "academic" and "scholarly" compared to WWW; and widely available. Weak points of Gopher are its lack of an organizational system and the need for systems administrators to be involved. Advantages of WWW include great interfaces; support for multimedia and other Internet functions; ease of self-publishing documents; and hypertext links. Disadvantages include even less organization than Gopher; difficulty of access; and hardware-intensive features. Gopher resources specifically about writing are the RhetNet Gopher Archive, the General Studies Writing Gopher at Bowling Green State University; and the Purdue On-Line Writing Lab. WWW sites specifically about writing include the RhetNet Homepage; the University of Missouri's On-Line Writery; and the IBM Writing Project. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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