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I am the odd duck in our group: I am not designing an online composition course; I am designing an online introduction to literature course. I have taught advanced composition online, and I can see how it “works” in an … Continue reading

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Maintaining Student Buy-In in Online Collaborative Writing Tasks

The power of collaborative learning has long been established, in particular for language development tasks. I used to teach middle school ESL, and, one of the principles of my pedagogy was the use of data-built Kagan structures and other methods … Continue reading

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Student-to-Student Relationships in Asynchronous DE Classes

A few weeks ago, students in both my online and face-to-face sections of English 302 submitted early drafts of their first essays of the semester. After receiving my feedback, a few students emailed me to personally thank me for my … Continue reading

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Making Up for Lost Face-Time

The first thing I noticed when I started teaching DE sections of 302 (concurrently with some traditional face-to-face sections) is what I think of as the “communication lag.” Teaching writing and research F2F has its own set of drawbacks — … Continue reading

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Glass Half Full: 6 Potential Pros of Redesigning Comp 101 Online

The first thing I did when I sat down to brainstorm about designing an online/hybrid comp course was to revisit my Comp 101 teaching journal. I was curious to see what kind of challenges I had experienced in my face-to-face … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

This blog represents the musings of five talented Ts—two TAs and three term faculty from George Mason University—who will spend the next year developing and teaching online and hybrid versions of our first-year writing course, ENGH 101, and our general education … Continue reading

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Welcome to Digital Didact!

Coming soon: a blog about developing online and hybrid versions of first-year and advanced composition at George Mason University.

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