Teaching writing in a social media age: one recent example

A writing instructor describes her recent exploration of increasing student engagement in a writing class by using digital media.   Vance explains: “As technology shifts, so does our means of persuasion; if students do not explore this, they will find their skills quickly out of date.”

This meant several approaches, including a public class blog.  Blogging appealed for for several reasons.

  1. “it forces them to take more accountability for their words while teaching them the power of communication. “
  2. “This made the assignments more communal in nature and reinforced that writing is meant to be shared… Requiring students to blog, contact people outside their classroom, and post writing on the Internet teaches them to engage with the community, gives their writing more significance, and supports rhetoric – a term that, by definition, implies community.”

A second technological strategy required students to collaborative create a digital video.  “My goal was that this would provide continuity between assignments, while reinforcing one of the fundamental ideas underlying this class: rhetoric is found in a variety of media, not just writing… Always, the emphasis was on these crafts as rhetorical devices.”

Appropriately, the instructor made a video to complement her article.

(via Ed Webb via Diigo)

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Posted on February 8, 2010 at 9:49 am by Bryan Alexander · Permalink
In: Best Practices, Pedagogy, Weblogs · Tagged with: , ,

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  2. Written by Gilbert
    on February 14, 2010 at 1:08 am
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    Did the media excercise improve their motivation to write? Or did the “media” become the learning assigment. I have read literary books where media was introduced to improve reading or writing but the learning outcome becomes about the technology. Nice video.

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