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Kg online teaching

  1. 1. Online Collaboration:Blending the Technical Communication CourseKaren Gulbrandsen, PhDAssistant Professor of EnglishUniversity of Massachusetts DartmouthWhat was my goal?To support these learning outcomes Create reader-based documents that includes information the reader needs to know Create accessible documents that help the reader find the information needed, using principles of effective document design Given a technical communication genre (report, proposals, memos, instructions, oral presentations), list and analyze its features in relation to its context, purpose and audience In a focus group, students noted that the online components ”helped them stay engaged.”What did I do?Combined a variety of tools Online quizzes to encourage student reading Discussion boards to analyze and apply key concepts Online Q&A Discussion Board for students to ask and answer questions about the class Wiki to encourage collaborative writing When they met online every Friday, students still felt connected to each other, saying “class participation was still ongoing on Friday due to [the] online” component.What did I learn?Model expectations, ask questions, & have fun Discuss and model expectations Give feedback online to let students know they are on the right track Ask students for feedback about how the online component is working for them Have fun using online activities to complement and extend student’s work in the face-to-face classroom Students said the wiki and other online tools, “helped with the team project because they could ‘meet’ online.”

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