ERIC Number: EJ885646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Productive Mess: First-Year Composition Takes the University's Agonism Online
Rivers, Nathaniel A.; Santos, Marc C.; Weber, Ryan P.
Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, v13 n2 Spr 2009
This webtext describes a pilot course that united four first-year composition courses around shared readings and online discussion addressing the physical and virtual university. The goal of the pilot was to foster previously impossible student interactions by exploring how discrete discussion roles shaped interaction and reputations among students. Ultimately, we wanted to provide a structured environment that facilitated independent student investigation and exchange. We hope that this research testifies to the fact that forums are not naturally pedagogically sound; rather, fostering meaningful digital encounters requires careful and thoughtful pedaogical planning.
Descriptors: Freshman Composition, Virtual Universities, Discussion, Computer Mediated Communication, College Freshmen, Interaction, Role, Reputation, Computer Uses in Education
Kairos. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://kairos.technorhetoric.net
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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