ERIC Number: ED489263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Preparing Educators for Online Writing Instruction: Principles and Processes
Hewett, Beth L.; Ehmann, Christa
National Council of Teachers of English
This book offers a theoretical justification for online writing instruction (OWI) and a fully developed approach to training educators for such instruction--whether in networked classrooms, distance learning, e-mail- or Internet-based conferences, or online tutoring. The book includes concrete examples of asynchronous (non-real-time) and synchronous (real-time) training methods, complete with illustrations and screen shots, showing clearly how instructors can learn to engage their students in productive conversations about their writing with or without face-to-face contact. Three appendixes offer additional information on selecting instructors for OWI, findings from a two-year study on whether and how students use OWI, and an extensive glossary. This book is ideal for directors of online instructional programs and teachers of graduate and advanced undergraduate methods courses. Because the book employs and addresses the broader instructional issues of adult and e-learning education, it will be appropriate for some corporate learning settings. Educators, professional trainers, and administrators in a variety of fields can extrapolate principles and processes for their own disciplinary contexts despite the book's disciplinary focus on writing. The book is divided into two parts. Part I, Online Writing Instruction Program Development, contains the following chapters; (1) The Online Training Spiral; and (2) Theoretical Perspectives for Online Writing Instruction (OWI). Part II, Principle-Centered Online Training in Asynchronous and Synchronous Environments; (3) Online Writing Instruction in Asynchronous Environments; (4) Asynchronous Models and Simulations; (5) Online Writing Instruction in Synchronous Environments; and (6) Synchronous Models and Simulations. The following are appended: (1) Choosing Online Instructors; (2) Research into Writing Students and OWI; and (3) A Glossary for OWI. A list of references; an index; and information about the authors conclude the book.
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Online Courses, Teacher Education, Training Methods, Program Development, Teacher Selection
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.