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

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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.

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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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