Taking the plunge: Using the web to facilitate real learning in writing classes

Riddle, Charles and Clokie, Trish (2007) Taking the plunge: Using the web to facilitate real learning in writing classes. In: New Zealand Communication Association 19th Annual Conference 5-7 December 2007, Crown Hotel, Napier, New Zealand: Conference proceedings. New Zealand Communication Association, p. 54.

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It has long been accepted that deep learning takes place when it is applied within a context and, traditionally, scenarios, case studies, portfolios and similar techniques have been used to provide a "real" background. The use of a contextised approach in writing classes enables the development of experiential rather than propositional knowledge. The advent of the internet and the introduction of learning systems such as Moodle and Blackboard further encouraged this contextualisation by exposing students to unfamiliar and easily accessible situations. Now, emerging technologies allow us to take the reality a step further and to use (not create) a real environment for writing students. This research describes how weblogs, wikis and RSS feeds were used as a learning tool within three writing courses at Wintec and explores the attitudes and perceptions of learners and tutors to the experience.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference Bytes on the Bay held 5-7 December, 2007, in Napier, New Zealand
Keywords that describe the item:writing, Internet, Bytes on the Bay
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Schools > School of Communication
ID Code:454
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