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ERIC Number: EJ1116166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-19
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-8244
Developing and Assessing an Online Research Writing Course
Dean, Christopher W.
Across the Disciplines, v6 spec iss Jan 2009
"Developing and Assessing an Online Research Writing Course" discusses how the Writing Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) created a hybrid, online research writing course, Writing 50, and assessed that course. The assessment, which is at the center of this piece, was dovetailed with assessment literature in the field of Composition and previous assessment practices at UCSB. Using surveys, student work, transcripts from focus groups and other materials gathered during the assessment process for Writing 50, this piece ultimately offers a way of thinking about when it might make sense to engage in online instruction, how research writing does and doesn't get done online, the advantages that a hybrid, online class provides for engaging in peer review, and the fact that online courses allow students to do something they value and need to master: multitasking. But the over-riding point of this piece is how we might, as a field, dovetail assessment to create a system of assessment that makes sense for online WAC/WID courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (Santa Barbara)
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