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Hibsman Discusses Aspects of Online Writing and Instruction

Tim Hibsman, professor in the Department of English, presented three sessions at the 2012 CUE/TECHED (Computer Using Educators/Technology in Education) conference over spring break in Southern California.

The presentations included: “Collaborative Writing in an Online Environment,” “Tips for Improving Online Instruction,” and “Teaching Professional and Technical Writing in a Virtual Environment.”

Collaborative Writing in an Online Environment

Having students work in a group can be a challenging experience in a virtual environment. The challenges of working with a fellow group member in another state or country or never seeing a group member face-to-face can be a unique experience for most students. This session discussed the advantages and disadvantages of a synchronous/asynchronous environments, group interaction, team conflict, team assignments, deliverables, and presentations.

The presentation demonstrated the following:

  • Overview of organizing an online collaborative project
  • Applying practical applications and real-life scenarios in the lessons and lecture
  • Instructional design technologies
  • Collaboration efforts between students and teacher(s) during group projects
  • Demos of flash presentations and tutorials
  • Samples of student assignments
  • Demonstration of real online classroom interaction
  • Grading rubric
  • Alternative assignments and discussion questions

Tips for Improving Online Instruction

(Copresenter: Gail White)

This presentation discussed tips for improving online instructions based on academic research and practical experience. The session included supplemental bibliography, examples, and handouts. This information was useful for beginning and intermediate online instructors.

Teaching Professional and Technical Writing in a Virtual Environment

(Copresenter: Gail White)

Teaching professional and technical writing in an online format has many advantages and challenges. This session presentation demonstrated tutorials, flash presentations, podcasts, and other methods to teach students this craft.

The presentation demonstrated the following:

  • Overview of organizing an online creative writing class
  • Applying practical applications and real-life scenarios in the lessons and lecture
  • Instructional design technologies
  • Collaboration efforts between students during group projects
  • Demos of flash presentations and tutorials
  • Samples of student assignments
  • Demonstration of real online classroom interaction
  • Grading rubric
  • Alternative assignments and discussion questions

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