On Jun 2, 2:47pm, Darrell Bethune wrote:
> Subject: Re: Web publication
> However, the issue for me is not really publication but process. I'm
> interested in applying a conferencing tool like First Class or Textra
> Connect to a composition classroom because I so often feel defeated by
> the logistics of doing effective group work in the traditional classroom.
> I think that CMC offers a solution in the way it organizes the flow of
> information and allows more student-to-student contact at every stage
> of the writing process.
> I could easily be in for a rude awakening; what are the experiences of
> Darrell Bethune
> East Kootenay Community College
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>-- End of excerpt from Darrell Bethune
I'm using FirstClass, through the Computer Assisted Writing Center, quite
regularly with a writing class here at York--though what we're using it for
is also quite doable (and I've done) with emacs and mail in a unix
I wouldn't predict any rude awakenings here, Darrell, I think a conferencing
system makes a terrific supplement to other kinds of group work, discussion
and practice in a face-to-face setting. We use FirstClass in ways that have
already been very thoroughly discussed on this list, extending discussion,
responding to one another's drafts, posting to a class bulletin board and
responding to the postings of others.
FirstClass is extremely (student) user friendly--the only "knock" against it
is that its not internet standard and so requires an internet gate to email
to someone outside of the FirstClass environment.
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