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ERIC Number: EJ1072284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
eComp at the University of New Mexico: Emphasizing Twenty-First Century Literacies in an Online Composition Program
Bourelle, Tiffany; Bourelle, Andrew
Composition Forum, v32 Fall 2015
With distance education on the rise, a new program at the University of New Mexico provides an innovative way to teach first-year composition in a fully online format. The program, called eComp (short for Electronic Composition), insists that instructors receive formal and educational training before working in the model. In addition, the curriculum taught within the first-year writing courses attends to multimodal literacies, and students receive help with their drafts from various sources, including instructional assistants who are tutors embedded in each course shell. This profile describes the program, including the scholarship that informed its design, the pilot project, and results from a small-scale assessment. Furthermore, we discuss future expansion of the program. This program description can serve as a model--in whole or in part--for other English departments when structuring a successful, integrative online program that emphasizes teacher training and multimodal literacies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico