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By Eleanor Wong. Faculty of Law, NUS. ...

By Eleanor Wong. Faculty of Law, NUS.

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Giving feedback on a student's written work has traditionally been an ex post facto exercise. This weakens the immediacy of the feedback and thus its formative effect. With Google Docs, we can shine a light onto the process in real time and improve the quality of learning.

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  • 1. GoogleDocs and theLonely Craft of Drafting Eleanor Wong Faculty of Law
  • 2. Writing (traditionalview) as Solitary Work
  • 3. or not (work i.e.)
  • 4. Written Assignments• Traditionally: • format: result vs. process • feedback: timeliness vs. detail • assessment: summative vs. formative
  • 5. Acquiring Skills of Analysis and Communication• Ideally: • activity: testing substance AND excavating process • feedback: timely AND detailed • assessment: summative AND formative
  • 6. Talking Heads
  • 7. Other Methods• Post-assignment critique/One-on-one conferences• Mahjong• IVLE
  • 8. Conferences Specific Comments 1 Linkage between framing of the issue and brief answer could be slightly better. Here, by emphasising “contractual” in the issue but then basing your answer on “domestic”, there’s a slight disjunct. 2 Here, the emphasis on “personal capacity” operates a bit like the magician’s misdirection -- it’s only relevant to someone who had seen the previous assignment. The trick is in thinking about/understanding what the reader’s default position is likely to be. When you say “Mrs. Tan hired Dr. Diego to do ABC....”, the default position for most readers would be “in personal capacity”. There is thus no need to bring it up. And bringing it up makes the reader wonder -- “Oh, might this be relevant to the issue?”, when it isn’t. It’s only because you know the facts of the previous assignment that you emphasised this. 3 Ambiguous pronoun. There are several “hers” here. 4 Slightly confusing way of telling the story. Who’s Roy Jr.? The reader may not know. Looking at 2, 3 and 4 together, I’d say you have a slight issue with self-centredness (don’t we all?). Good communication consists of putting yourself in the reader’s shoes and telling him/her what he/she needs to know without assuming stuff that only you know. 5 Slightly awkward sentence. Do you mean “English cases were based on...”? 6 This is a bit of a leap, in my view. Surely Farida is not directly on point and cannot exclude anyone “from the action” (if by action you mean the loss of service action). As you know from reading the different cases, the fact that the world has moved on to treat maids differently doesn’t automatically have any effect on the cause of action. While some judges use this as a policy reason for abolishing the cause of action (e.g., Fullagar), others see it as a policy reason for extending the cause of action. The other parts of this paragraph (see 7 below) use Farida much better. 7 Nice way to bring in Farida. Very good.
  • 9. Mahjong
  • 10. Enter GoogleDocs• Collaborative Writing• Online Access
  • 11. Case Study: Interactive Session on turning Objective Memo toPersuasive Arguments
  • 12. https:// docs.google.com/?tab=co&authuser=0#fol
  • 13. Original Sample Student Attempt to Reframe as Persuasive
  • 14. Teacher can Comment (timely) Student attempts Redraft on the spot (formative)
  • 15. “see” students’ thinking (process)
  • 16. Technical How-Tos• Google accounts• Share document• Compatible OS and Browser• Projection
  • 17. Google Accounts
  • 18. Share the document(s) or Folders
  • 19. Share the document(s) or Folders
  • 20. Technical How-Tos• Google accounts• Share document• Compatible OS and Browser• Projection
  • 21. Other Uses https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AaYIy8w_0I3XZGZmZmp0c18xNDRjZDY0dG
  • 22. Writing as “noisy”,interactive, group work
  • 23. eleanorwong@nus.edu.sg