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How To Workshop

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Some advice on workshopping in an online classroom

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How To Workshop

  1. 1. Online Workshopping Guide Technical tips and process advice
  2. 2. Why we workshopFor writers: For readers: Multiple Analysis practice perspectives “Stealable” Reader reaction techniques “New Eyes” Modeling (and counter-modeling)
  3. 3. How we do itMost complex (MS Word Reviewing features) Pros: Lots of features, built into Word, easier to use (once you know how) Cons: Incompatible, sometimes unpredictable
  4. 4. FIRST STEP!Save a new copy of the file with your name. annas percy paper.doc > annas percy paper ian comments.doc
  5. 5. “Track Changes” in Word
  6. 6. “Track Changes” in Word Review > Add Comment
  7. 7. “Track Changes” in Word Review > Track Changes
  8. 8. Further Tips:Group member doesn’t have MS Word?Export as PDF (Mac: “Save as PDF” in thePrint window; PC: install a PDF exporter as aprinter)Use comments without “track changes”If you don’t know how to do it: use somethingsimpler
  9. 9. How we do it part 2Not as complex (type directly in thedocument) Pros: Compatible with everyone, relatively easy to use, very flexible Cons: Gets confusing easily; every comment must be marked
  10. 10. Save a newcopy with yourname in the fileType right intothe documentChange the fontcolorMake sure youmark everycomment
  11. 11. Further Tips:Use other methods to differentiate yourcomments (font size, etc), but make sure it’sclearly different from the text.It’s harder to make corrections and deletionsusing this method; I usually just write “oops”next to mistakes.Don’t get too fancy--it will just consume timeLearn about “Format Painter” (MS Word) or“Copy and Paste Format” (Mac) to speed thisup
  12. 12. How we do it part 3Easiest method (just type some comments atthe end of the paper) Pros: Foolproof, no need to format, allows you to reflect on the paper Cons: Very hard to make specific comments about issues on individual pages, important to include a lot
  13. 13. End of the paper Don’t forget! Save a new copy with your name in the file before you make changes My comments
  14. 14. Further Tips:Write a lot. Because there are no commentsin the rest of the paper, you have to make it allup here.Be specific. “Some stuff seems vague still” isnot very helpful—try to be as clear as possible.
  15. 15. For all methods:Comment on every paper you receive on time.If you receive a peer’s paper late, thencomments on it are optional.Write about two substantive, specificcomments (or questions) per page. Or, writeabout a half of page at the end.:) and :-) are not comments. They are smileyfaces. Also, “Nice Paper!!!” is almostmeaningless. Try to be specific.

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