Response: The Online Writing Conference (Ch. 1)

Benefits of Online Teacher/Tutor Conferencing

Based on the reading, our class is a blended method of Internet-based learning, because we meet both face-to-face and online. I disliked the example of “Shakira” being familiar with communicating via Facebook and IM and being unable to translate this to instructor communication. The article goes on to claim that “digital natives” (or students of my generation) “…need text-based response that addresses them at a linguistically appropriate level…students may not be strong readers of longer text”. It goes on to say that “…the goal is to communicate clearly rather than to stretch students’ reading skills”. Personally, I find this to be counterproductive. Despite being a “digital native”, I have always loved reading and find reading challenging texts to be more conducive to my learning. I also feel that the transition from traditional to digital methods of teaching, learning and writing shouldn’t drastically change the language we use in our work. Certainly, a blog-based collection of work could have the potential to be more free in its delivery (sometimes even bordering on stream-of-consciousness styles of writing) and lends itself to the inclusion of images and graphics. I feel that many of the issues brought up won’t be as prominent in this particular class because we are able to meet face-to-face twice a week and issues can be resolved within the classroom. However, a lot of the material is relevant to the entirely online Bio 1050 course I’m taking in addition to this one this semester.



About Phoebs

Phoebs is a Fine Arts student pursuing an Honors degree in Illustration.
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