Tight, _peer_ tutoring. I didn't pay attention to this when I first
reponded to Plillipa, but it makes a difference. Responding via written
comments is a much harder task than responding in person. It can still
work, but with peer tutors I think a whole lot of careful training and
modelling would have to come into the picture.
Mary-Louise Craven wrote:
> Hi all. My 2c worth....Well, I no longer direct the Computer-Assisted Writing
> Centre, but a service we started 10 years ago is still going
> strong--etutoring. We have two *experienced* writing instructors (experienced
> in both using computers and in giving feedback) who each work 10 hours a week
> at home (on average; busy times it was more like 25 hours a week) , giving
> feedback to students on their electornically transmitted essays (on any
> topic--like the model of the Writing Workshop)--either through straight ascii
> email, attachments, or on FirstCLass (our conferencing system). They take the
> text and add their comments (usually capped).
> There is no fancy software requirement (see Cathy's comments below); money
> is spent on a good computer and fast modem for them and on paying them for
> their expertise. It takes some time to figure out what works as feedback
> on-line and what doesn't. I remember doing some late at night-- it certainly
> focuses the mind on the task!
> The tutors turned papers back within 36 hours; since they could work at home,
> this was the trade-off to their promptness. How this would work with peer
> tutoring I don't know.
> On Thu, 13 May 1999 14:31:40 -0700 [log in to unmask] (C Schryer)
> >Hi Phillipa, I have been looking into this issue and will be doing some
> >presenting at CATTW on three software packages that facilitate on-line
> >commentary on student papers: Common space, Web Review and the Comment
> >features in Word.
> >I have also just heard of a new product that might facilitate the
> >development of on-line products--Web Weaver. It sounds interesting and
> >exciting because it is HTML compatible.
> >YOu should also contact Dave Goodwin--he is working with a CD compatible
> >system that is the equivalent of Web Weaver.
> >If you get into the software let me know and we can exchange notes as I aim
> >to play around with it this summer to see what it can do.
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Philippa Spoel <[log in to unmask]>
> >To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> >Date: May 13, 1999 8:33 AM
> >Subject: Advice on technology, please
> >>I wonder whether members of CASLL would be able to help me out with
> >>suggestions for a proposal I have to write in the next week. It's a
> >>proposal about how we can integrate technology into our Centre for
> >>Academic Writing. Primarily, I'm interested in ideas about
> >>computer-assisted writing support. We have a peer-tutoring program that
> >>is extremely popular with students, but up until now we have functioned
> >>without any kind of computer support for this service. Our tutors
> >>provide 50 minute individual consultations. As well, we offer a variety
> >>of in-class and out-of-class workshops for students and for faculty.
> >>We aren't interested in technology that will do away with people, but
> >>rather ways that we can enhance what we already do. In particular, we'd
> >>like to set something up for distance writing support (that is, for
> >>students off campus).
> >>I have no idea what if anything we will get from this proposal, but I
> >>want to "think big" for now. I'd love to know what CASLL members would
> >>ask for if you could have whatever you wanted for this kind of pedagogy.
> >>thank you!
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