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Thursday, June 18 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
RTD.34 - Creating a community of writers: Blog-based writing in the active learning classroom

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Approaches to teaching disciplinary argumentation that emphasize writing as a social activity help advance students along the novice-expert continuum as they learn to write in the disciplines and genres of higher education (Bazerman, 1994; Peck-MacDonald, 1984). However, while many faculty now assign authentic disciplinary genres, specify particular audiences requiring tailored rhetorical strategies, deploy collaborative writing, and utilize peer review, the feedback loop remains that of assignment submission and evaluation, with the professor-examiner as primary audience (Giltrow, 2012). More faculty are addressing the domains of knowledge that constitute discourse communities: subject knowledge, genre knowledge, rhetorical knowledge, and writing process knowledge (Beaufort, 2007). Yet creating a truly collaborative discourse community in the classroom itself has remained a significant challenge. Recent developments in the design of active learning environments and the availability of blogging platforms now present new opportunities to faculty willing to experiment to address this challenge. This roundtable discussion will present a preliminary framework for matching an active learning classroom environment with a course blogging platform, and then engage participants in a critical discussion of how this framework might be adaptable across content areas. The framework is based on implementations in a writing-intensive environmental literacy course, and a computer programming course on modeling for science majors.

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Ian MacKenzie (Dawson College)

Founding Director, Writing in the Disciplines at Dawson, Dawson College
WAC&WID, blog-based writing, faculty learning communities, environmental literacy, sustainabilty education, carpentry, skiing, canoe tripping, the weather...

Thursday June 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Bayshore Salon EF

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