View Full Document

Network Discussions for Teaching Western Civilization



View the full content.
View Full Document
View Full Document

1 views

Unformatted text preview:

21 Network Discussions for Teaching Western Civilization Mary anne Felter Cayuga Community College Daniel F Schultz Cayuga Community College Background If literacy is as Charles Schuster 1990 has said the power to be able to make oneself heard and felt to signify the way in which we make ourselves meaningful not only to others but through others to ourselves 227 then literacy is not simply a matter of learning to read and write It is in fact a complex process of communication that cuts across all disciplines in the academy and as such should be a primary focus of all courses not just those which focus on rhetoric and composition Collaboration between disciplines especially between members of English departments and members of departments where the teaching of composition has not traditionally been a focus should be fostered and encouraged in an attempt to spark innovation creativity and flexibility as well as to improve productivity and assessable outcomes Our Western Civilization project is an attempt at such cross curricular broadening of scope We have designed a course that uses computers to support the concepts of collaborative learning and writing to learn methods by which our students can using technology already available on campus develop literacy skills We used three technological tools to help us implement our writing across the curriculum ideas networked discussion sessions e mail and Internet access Before we focus on goals we need to discuss at least two institutional barriers to setting up and implementing communication across the curriculum projects such as ours students limited access to technology and the relatively inflexible structure of community colleges Studies indicate that the use of technology has far reaching social implications the impact of which is apparent at public institutions particularly community colleges whose students are typically technologically disenfranchised Forman 1994 133 The community college is the only place where many



Access the best Study Guides, Lecture Notes and Practice Exams

Loading Unlocking...
Login

Join to view Network Discussions for Teaching Western Civilization and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or
We will never post anything without your permission.
Don't have an account?
Sign Up

Join to view Network Discussions for Teaching Western Civilization and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or

By creating an account you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use

Already a member?