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ERIC Number: ED437655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Hearing the Students' Voices: A Daedalus Convert Goes National.
Sommers, Elizabeth
"Computers and the Teaching of Composition," a graduate course for community college writing teachers taught at San Francisco State University, has two related objectives: to improve writing instruction and to teach writing teachers how computer-mediated writing tools and strategies can help provide students with powerful resources for writing in the academy and beyond. One of the focuses of the course is to introduce teachers to the vast world of wide area networks. Writing instruction in networked computer classrooms may have considerable advantages. The classroom dynamic seems better--less teacher-dominated and authoritarian, more exploratory, dynamic, energetic, and communal. On-line discussions seem to be more egalitarian; women and minorities appear to participate more frequently. The decision was made to introduce the teachers immediately to the wide area network by connecting to what is called "the InterClass," an on-line classroom conducted at three universities with three teachers and multiple guest participants. During the Spring of 1993, Computers and the Teaching of Composition became the first graduate English class in the country to connect with two other classes in this way. While InterClass participants could write to everyone using the InterClass list, they soon realized they could also write only to select individuals by sending messages to individual addresses. Participants discussed an incredible range of topics in the course of the semester, from women's speech apprehension in class to the advantages and disadvantages of networked writing classrooms. (Contains 11 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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