Writing in the Humanities

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  • Kent Walker, Assistant Professor, English
  • Introduction to Academic Writing for Social Sciences
  • Migrated from WebCT
  • Liked WebCT because it had icons as a visual aspect
  • Need more than just lectures posted online
  • You will hear how difficult it is to get started
  • Started with tin cans & string</joke>; actually used Camtasia to create lectures
  • Lectures designed by Robert Alexander
  • Laborious for learner and teacher
  • Always go back to previous assignments as students writing gets better in an online course, because you can always go back and it is recursive and easily accessible to learn from
  • Time allotments for Teaching Assistants would be helpful
  • First course was 25 students; most of it done from a deck up North (remotely)
  • 225 students per semester
  • Ensure you have a voice students students can identify with
  • Students seek him out, in many cases, they feel more engaged
  • Give each other feedback
  • virtually 4-5 people working together, peer feedback
  • Must be incredibly prescriptive in assignments to reach learning outcomes
  • Incremental and development, over a semester, must be timed
  • Isaak is robust to allow timing to sequence events
  • Isaak allows this to be set up ahead of time (August)
  • Time to revise and change up assignments
  • Use Turnitin.com and/or use the honour pledge button in Isaak for assignment submissions
  • Monitor carefully- the drive thru mentality; last year a student said, Dr.24-7; find the fine line between getting students engaged and backing off a bit and letting them learn as well
  • contact Kent if you would like to Audit the course to see how it works and looks
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