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ERIC Number: ED405831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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The Paperless Writing Course: A Relevant Business Writing Course.
Snyder, Michelle
In an age when the paperless office is fast becoming a reality, the need for a paperless writing course has arisen. This paper presents an easy and inexpensive way to design a paperless writing course by taking advantage of the annotation feature available on many word processors, such as Microsoft Word or Lotus Ami Pro. The annotation feature allows users to insert messages or comments into a document; the instructor can use this feature to direct the student's attention to an error to be corrected. The experimental course began with a review of the basics of the word processor, then shortcut keys, and finally the annotation feature. The instructor lectured on some aspect of writing for the first half of each scheduled class meeting; the latter half of the class period was used to teach the students how to use certain features of the word processor that supported the lecture given during the first portion of the class. Students completed homework assignments and turned them in to the instructor on floppy disks. The instructor then reviewed the students' writings, annotating any errors, and then returned the annotated disks to the students. The paperless writing course proved to be effective in allowing the instructor and student greater flexibility in creating and meeting assignment deadlines and promoting better, more efficient communication flow between student and teacher. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A