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Scrolling through the units and looking for the links I have posted during these 10 weeks of prep was a good way to see how much content we produced. There's a lot going on in these links. Here are mine: Unit 1: http://freewrite.typepad.com/writingwithmachines/2017/02/online-community.html Unit 2: http://freewrite.typepad.com/writingwithmachines/2017/02/the-award-goes-to-blackboard-actually-no-no-it-doesnt-the-award-actually-goes-to-canvas.html Unit 3: http://freewrite.typepad.com/writingwithmachines/2017/03/migrating-assignments-through-the-tech-buffet.html Unit... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at writingwithmachines
Mic Check — Well, it was some time ago that Unit 4 wrapped and the synchronous discussion became asynchronous. So it goes. What struck me about the synchronous discussion was the idea/perception/construct of the online environment as an archive, which tracks with the cautionary principle of the internet: that what... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at writingwithmachines
I found Chapter 8 more relevant and interesting than Chapter 9. Our author notes that the Message Board — or for me, the Discussion Board — is a primary arena for student activity and student-generated content. He also notes that a lot of learning opportunities can be had there. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at writingwithmachines
We have read about and discussed that the online writing course by its virtual nature demands more writing output from students than a traditional face-to-face course in that all communication that once might have occurred verbally must be converted to written communication. Warnock refers to this as “virtual piles” of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at writingwithmachines
As I watched the video and read through Chapters 4 and 5, I felt lucky that I teach in a discipline that lends itself to student generated content. I can see how other disciplines might have trouble transitioning from the face-to-face to the fully online teaching environment. I have found... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at writingwithmachines
I’m going to choose Canvas as the LMS/tool that appeals to me the most as an online instructor. This is not due to pressure in response to the pending conversion from Blackboard to Canvas at most San Diego-area colleges over the next two years, but instead because I find Blackboard... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at writingwithmachines
When I reflect on what works in my on the ground classes, as Scott Warnock suggests in Teaching Writing Online, I mostly think about community. This condition is expressed in two practical ways that provide opportunities for students to develop their writing skills (and researching skills and critical reading/thinking skills,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at writingwithmachines