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Posted by: Suzanne Aurilio
Date: 2/25/2008 8:26 am
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I wanted to run some ideas and questions by you regarding English 100 and the SAGE Course Transformation project. Unfortunately, I don’think the Pachyderm templates will work for us.

I think that in order for these types of e-modules to be successful in English 100, they must contain content that is not possible to deliver in a face-to-face setting. In other words, we don’t want to just replicate what we already do in class in the new medium. We thought an interface similar to livejournal would work better. (http://www.livejournal.com/explore/) Maybe software like this already exists for academic institutions, and I’m fairly certain it could just be imported into beachboard. The livejournal-type interface allows students to set up profiles and interact with each other with ease; instructors could even design lessons focusing on the rhetorical choices students make through the everyday act of customization (constructing a profile, for example). Students would use the space for discussions, peer review sessions, commenting, and posting responses to and reflections about in-class work. Here are the threshold concepts we will use; students should: 1. Conceptualize and practice academic writing as a social process and as a "conversation" or "network" that is always occurs; academic writing strives to enter into these networks or conversations and always larger than the writer herself 2.