ERIC Number: ED471173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Writing with Consequence: On-Line Collaboration and Desktop Publishing in a First-Year Writing Course.
In this paper, the author discusses his approaches to making the writing in composition classes matter beyond the giving and getting of a grade, as well as ways of giving the course itself legitimate content. The Electronic Democracy Project (EDP), a national online teaching network whose mission is to instruct students in civic discourse, provided the author with the opportunity to address most of these issues. The EDP, developed as a response to the perceived apathy regarding the political process, invites students from a range of colleges and geographic regions to discuss, debate, and deliberate pressing public issues. The author's first-year community college writing class collaborated with a basic composition course at the University of Rhode Island. The collaboration was, essentially, between working-class and nontraditional students at the community college, and the more traditional and middle-class students at the university. The work was organized into three stages: (1) deliberation; (2) collaboration; and (3) presentation. In the first stage, students enunciated issues of importance to them. In the second phase, students collaborated intensely on a limited number of issues culled from the early discussions, finally choosing a single topic for each group. In the third phase, students shared, in a public and concrete way, the fruits of their research. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperation, Distance Education, Internet, Nontraditional Education, Online Courses, Two Year Colleges, Virtual Classrooms, Web Based Instruction, Writing (Composition)
For full text: http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/tcon99/dir.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper contributed to the Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference, "Best Practices in Delivering, Supporting, and Managing Online Learning" (4th, Kapiolani Community College, April 7-9, 1999).