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A digital writing assignment

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Presented at #REALize15, January 24, 2015

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A digital writing assignment

  1. 1. A digital writing assignment for EAP students Tyson Seburn About.me/ seburnt
  2. 2. .background.
  3. 3. Students can write a paper that effectively argues a point supported by evidence from multiple reliable sources. .course aim.
  4. 4. .obstacles.
  5. 5. • Lack of complex topical background knowledge • Unfamiliarity with conventional essay structure • Difficulty building connections between texts • Referencing issues cause plagiarism • Inadequate use of evidence • Rigid use of taught strategies • Boring, but necessary evil .obstacles.
  6. 6. • Reduce topical complexity / personalise • Spread into scaffolded steps • Incorporate digital tools • Work alongside students and model actions • Give timely personalised feedback • Learn through doing .solution.
  7. 7. .term writing project.
  8. 8. .step 1. Gathering information Instructions for students Mimicking of the writing process Checks and balances
  9. 9. .step 2. Building connections Instructions for students
  10. 10. Condos
  11. 11. What could I learn about? Condos
  12. 12. • How many condos are under construction in Toronto right now? • What percentage of Torontonians live in condos compared to houses? • Are there any condo-related issues that occur with certain developers? • What benefits and detriments are created for the city through further condo development? What could I learn about? Condos
  13. 13. .step 2. Building connections Instructions for students Mimicking of the writing process Checks and balances
  14. 14. .step 3. Accessing & evaluating information Instructions for students Mimicking of the writing process Checks and balances
  15. 15. .step 4. Outlining & annotating Instructions for students Mimicking of the writing process Checks and balances Real-time feedback http://bit.ly/1xdjcqU Google docs - Suggesting function - Commenting function
  16. 16. .step 4. Outlining & annotating Real-time feedback http://bit.ly/1xdjcqU
  17. 17. .step 5. Drafting & revising Instructions for students Mimicking of the writing process Checks and balances Linking in final product http://fourc.ca/toronto1/ Drafting & modeling in Google Docs & Vocaroo http://bit.ly/1xdhcis Explanation http://fourc.ca/toronto2/
  18. 18. .step 5. Drafting & revising Drafting & modeling in Google Docs & Vocaroo http://bit.ly/1xdhcis
  19. 19. .step 6. Reflecting Instructions for students Mimicking of the writing process Checks and balances http://fourc.ca/toronto2/ What did you learn about yourself during this process?
  20. 20. .our timeline. 1 32 weeks 2 3 1 Step 1 Gathering information Step 2 Building connections Step 3 Accessing & evaluating information Step 4 Outlining & annotating Step 5 Writing Step 6 Reflecting
  21. 21. A digital writing assignment for EAP students Tyson Seburn about.me/ seburnt Model blog essay fourc.ca/ toronto1 My reflection on this model essay purpose fourc.ca/ toronto2/ Sample Step 4 bit.ly/1xdjcqU Sample Step 5 Vocaroo vocaroo.com Assignment documents bit.ly/ nyosawa bit.ly/1xdhcis

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