Week 1 Blog Post Topic

Due: Thursday, June 12 by midnight

Several things have motivated me to create this course: organizations like NCTE have released statements about 21st-century literacies, Winthrop is reexamining its handheld technology policy for the classroom, and new reports are being released about student desire for more tech-savvy courses and instructors.

Of particular importance is the CCCC Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction. Please look through their webpage to see the recent resolutions and guidelines, and make sure to notice the annotated bibliography the committee has compiled.

These sources (and many more) point to a changing landscape in education, something Winthrop’s new president is well aware of when she encourages us to offer more online and hybrid courses. But teaching electronically, or adding new media components, is something that takes thought and practice. I will confess that I have tried to simply migrate a traditional, face-to-face classroom into Blackboard – with fairly disastrous results. It is a different type of teaching, one I hope this class will allow you to explore and discuss.

So, for your first blog post, I want you to look through this class website, read the materials I provided above, and read the introduction to our textbook; then, respond with your thoughts about the subject and the class in general. What are some questions you plan to pursue this summer? What research topics are you interested in? You should discuss your response to the course goals and projects, what you expected from this class, what you think it’s going to be about, what you value as a student, what you hope to gain from this class, what ideas you might already have for projects, and anything else you find relevant for me to know. Your post serves as recognition that you have read and understood the course syllabus and also helps me gauge what you expect from me and this class.

NOTE: I will be adding information to the “Resources” page, including links to bibliographies, research in the field, etc. I also plan to add a how-to guide for blogs to help you design and organize your entries.