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This presentation uses a 2011 Florida law as a context for examining course modality as a contact zone. The law requires all high-school students to take at least one online course before graduation. The politically minded law ignores complex issues of access and ethics that become reified in our FYC courses. I will examine the “cultural and ideological characteristics” of this technological requirement to identify how writing instruction in various modalities can accommodate (or defend against) student expectations for online learning.

This presentation uses a 2011 Florida law as a context for examining course modality as a contact zone. The law requires all high-school students to take at least one online course before graduation. The politically minded law ignores complex issues of access and ethics that become reified in our FYC courses. I will examine the “cultural and ideological characteristics” of this technological requirement to identify how writing instruction in various modalities can accommodate (or defend against) student expectations for online learning.

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Modality as Contact Zone: The Convolution of Access, Politics, and Ethics in Florida’s Online Courses

  1. 1. Modality as Contact Zone The Convolution of Access, Politics, and Ethics in Florida’s Online Courses CC BY-NC-SA by Larissa Chris Friend (@chris_friend) University of Central Florida
  2. 2. Screenshot of flvs.net on 08 Jun 2014
  3. 3. F.S. 2012 1003.438: “General Requirements for High School Graduation; Revised” • at least one course within the 24 credits required…must be completed through online learning • a school district may not require a student to take the online course outside the school day or in addition to a student’s courses for a given semester.
  4. 4. F.S. 2012 1002.45: “Virtual instruction programs” • “Approved provider” means ‣ a provider that is approved by the Department of Education under subsection (2), ‣ the Florida Virtual School, ‣ a franchise of the FloridaVirtual School, ‣ or a Florida College System institution.
  5. 5. F.S. 2012 1002.45: “Virtual instruction programs” • MARKETING.—Each school district shall provide information to parents and students about the parent’s and student’s right to participate in a virtual instruction program under this section and in courses offered by the Florida Virtual School under s. 1002.37.
  6. 6. “Technological Underclass” CC BY-NC-SA by Leon Rice-Whetton
  7. 7. The FLVS Contact Zones CC BY-NC-ND by sharyn morrow
  8. 8. Student Expectations CC BY-NC-SA by Tc Morgan
  9. 9. Post-Secondary Online/ Blended: A (R)Evolution CC BY-NC-SA by allison
  10. 10. The FYC Contact Zones CC BY-NC-SA by Dave Bledsoe
  11. 11. Questioning the Statute CC BY-NC-ND by Steven Martin
  12. 12. Thank you. CC BY-NC-SA by Larissa Chris Friend (@chris_friend) University of Central Florida

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