Multiliteracies for a Digital Age Stuart Selber, 2004
Students must be able to use computers effectively as well as participate in the construction and reconstruction of technological systems. What is needed is an approach to computer literacy that is both useful and professionally responsible (7).
If teachers fail to adopt a postcritical stance, thus leaving technology design and education to those outside of the field, it is entirely probable that students will have a much more difficult time understanding computers in critical, contextual, and historical ways…
In this cooperative model, we see that cooperative activities only go so far in creating a democratic setting, as they still leave the instructor at the top of the hierarchical chain of the traditional classroom
Michael Schrage (MIT) argued that "collaboration, without exception, requires" it. The nature of shared space is variable and dynamic; it can be a virtual space, a physical space, or a digital space. It can be a blackboard, a whiteboard, an online chat room, or discussion board.
What's important, Schrage found, is that "you need to have the media where the ideas can be captured and represented and those representations can be modified and played with." Clearly, teaching writing using technology provides ample opportunities to create and use shared space. A digitized class creates and maintains shared spaces in ways that a f2f classroom cannot.
Until an instructor decides to use the discussion board more as a forum for working through ideas and activities and less as a virtual refrigerator for Post-It notes , then technical efforts toward creating a space for collaborative activity remain empty shells.
Consider what it is you want to do , then consider how the technology can accommodate (not dictate) your teaching desires.
Create a map of your map (that is, your syllabus).
Determine what elements must be delivered f2f and what can be done equally well or better online. At the same time imagine what you could do online that can’t be done with a “traditional” delivery method.
Create a map of what will happen when students go online.
Here is an example of what students might do to complete peer critiques.
Enter WebCT Click on Discussions Find and click on group Locate thread entitled “ Peer Critique 1” Read directions
More Mapping Post draft Wait until all drafts are posted, then download group members’ drafts from discussions Download peer critique questions from “ week 6 assignments” Complete peer critique by typing in answers to questions and inserting comments Go back to discussions and upload the peer critiqued drafts