OK, here's what is confusing me about all this talk about online courses.
They've been pushing a bit on that here, too, although it isn't taking off.
But what I have done is a kind of half-step toward online courses by
creating web sites and discussion lists that supplement and extend the
in-class experience. This is a kind of hybrid activity--does it fall under
this heading or maybe something like "Slouching toward Bethlehem"?
At 01:03 PM 4/12/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Janice and all:
>The fact that _only_ Cathy has raised her hand to say that she has
>anything to say on the on-line course issue confirms for me that this
>group is not ready to present papers on the topic. The fact that, as
>Janice notes, "many of us are doing the online work, ready or not" and
>many for the first time in 1999-2000 from what I can gather, does not
>encourage me further.
>I guess the resolution to the issue depends on what you think the forum
>is for. If it is to be a pooling of limited experience to talk to each
>other, then we might as well take this topic, either that or "the
>efficacy of advanced neurotransmitters in imagining [note the use of the
>conference theme!] multicultural/multilinguistic ornithography."
>If, however, the goal is to share with the wider (ie. international)
>writing community something about which we are uniquely knowledgeable,
>then I'd say we should wait another year before launching this topic, so
>that we can speak from a perspective of experience. Let's get more than
>one or two with experience behind them before we go proposing the topic.
>If I'm the only naysayer, I'll shut up, but I haven't noticed much on
>the list since Cathy raised her hand to say she for one could/might be
>interested in saying something on the topic. Is this the silence of
>complacency? end of term? ignorance? acquiescence? How, in short, am I
>to read my colleagues' (doubtless pointed, maybe even guilty) silences?
>Oh for Tania's ethnography so that we'd know how to construct the
>Boy, can you tell that classes ended here on Friday? Anyway, the worst
>part about being a naysayer is that I don't have an alternative
>proposal. Did one emerge at the SIG in Atlanta, Anthony?