|Choosing and/or Narrowing a Topic
||Email discussion list: Class discussion of possible topic(s),
with teacher participating.
CommonSpace: Class brainstorms via conferencing function (whole or small groups); teacher participates.
World Wide Web: 1) Professor posts a number of possible topics; students vote for favorites. 2) Create page on strategies for choosing and narrowing a topic (or link to Writing Center site that has such a page).
|Prewriting: Gathering Information on a
Topic and Discovering Ideas
||Email Discussion List: 1) Students working on same
or similar topics discuss useful sources, critique each otherís working
hypotheses, invite expert on the topic to join the email discussion list
temporarily. 2) Students subscribe to non-class email discussion
list that facilitates discussion on the chosen topic.
CommonSpace: Students conference with or without prompts generated by instructor.
World Wide Web: 1) Professor creates a page of links to useful sources. Link to Honnold Libraryís page that describes databases in all subject areas. 2) Professor gives students information on using search engines and evaluating web sources. 3) Professor creates page with examples of successful search strategies.
|Prewriting: Organizing Information
||Email Discussion List: Professor posts model essay to
the list; include an explanation of why the organization is effective.
Students can post and discuss questions about the model.
CommonSpace: Teacher annotates a model essay and posts to shared directory. Students create columns with questions and comments about the model or annotation.
World Wide Web: Teacher creates page with suggested organizational formats for particular types of essays.
||Email Discussion List: Students post sections of draft
in progress and receive comments.
CommonSpace: Students use conferencing function to discuss draft in progress.
World Wide Web: 1) Students can conference on drafts in progress via MUDs, MOOs, or other chat environments. 2) Professor creates "virtual office hours" site to which students can post questions as they draft.
|Getting Feedback on a Draft
||Electronic Writing Groups: Groups of 3-4 students exchange
and comment on each otherís drafts via email. Teacher can also comment
or provide questions for students to use when commenting.
Email Discussion List: Professor posts comments on common strengths and weaknesses of paper drafts.
CommonSpace: Writing groups create comment columns in each otherís drafts. Teacher can also comment or provide question set to facilitate commenting.
World Wide Web: Drafts are uploaded to a public or restricted web page. Teacher, class members, and/or general public can comment.
Online Writing Center Sessions: Students get individualized feedback from Writing Center consultant.
||Electronic Writing Groups: Students exchange revised versions
Email Discussion List: Professor posts questions for students to think about as they revise.
CommonSpace: Students view all comment columns and create a new workspace for revision. They compare versions of the paper to see if they have addressed questions/comments raised in the feedback stage.
World Wide Web: 1) Create page with revision questions for students to consider. 2) Link to Claremont Colleges Writing Resources Web or to Writing Center pages.
Online Writing Center Sessions: Consultants give feedback on revisions and suggest strategies for addressing questions and comments given by other evaluators.
||CommonSpace: Professor and/or students create help links
to direct writer to pages in writing handbook.
World Wide Web: Professor creates page with links to sources of grammar and style handouts such as Writing Centers and the Claremont Colleges Writing Resources Web.
Online Writing Center Sessions: Consultants can identify patterns of error for students to work on; and they can suggest strategies for correction.