Composition Instructors' Workshop
June 14-18, 1999

[Monday 6/14]   [Tuesday 6/15]   [Wednesday 6/16]  [Thursday 6/17]   [Friday 6/18]

Monday June 14, 1999

Introduction to the workshop
  Test of computers and network accessibility
  Introduction to the k:drive

Introduction to the Drew Composition Program:
Composition at Drew main page
Composition and the liberal arts
Philosophy of the Program
  F.Y.I.:  The Writing RequirementFAQs and exemption process

  Discussion of the goals of the program and ways to achieve those goals.
  Discussion of the role of reading material:
..   handbooks
  On-line readings

  The role of technology in the program.

Homework. Please read the following (available in the k:drive): 
Patricia Bizzell's "Paolo Freire and What Education Can Do" 
Donna LeCourt's "Critical Pedagogy in the Computer Classroom." 

Tuesday June 15, 1999

Introduction to computers and composition
   Discussion of last night's readings--what is the relationship between pedagogy and ideology? 
.      How does technology fit that?  Authority?  Institutional responsibility?
   Discussion of what you want your course to achieve (goals and philosophy).


   Writing workshops, on-line (using Wordperfect 8/9) and using hard copy.
  Write a draft of your course goals 
   . Save draft to the k:drive folder "goals document" (use your name as a title) 
  Edit each other's goals documents using WP's edit function.  (Susan will be our resident
.           expert here)

Homework. Please read the following (available in the k:drive): 
   Lester Faigley.  "Literacy After the Revolution:  1996 CCCC Chair's Address." 
   William Brugger  "The College Course Syllabus as a Legal Contract."

Wednesday June 16, 1999

Introduction to on-line syllabi and course pages
  The role of the syllabus in the course
  The syllabus as contract (Bill will lead this discussion)
  Clarity and Learning Disabled students (handout on working with LD students)

   Discussion of sample web pages (selected at random from last semester's offerings at Drew)
     Sample on-line syllabi
"Laminated syllabus" (syllabus is posted on the web but contains no links)
Limited "Dynamic syllabus" (some links to important information)
Fuller "Dynamic syllabus" (links to many additional resources)
   Dynamic syllabus with colors
Overdone syllabus (too many links, loads slowly, & too labor intensive)

     Sample course pages (the main page for the class--note that the syllabus is a link from 
   the first four examples)
Text and links
Simple list design
List design with colors
Boxes (using table function--note that this fits onto one screen)
Simple all in one class page and syllabus
More complex all in one class page and syllabus
Images, information, and links

Introduction to web design I
  Discussion of what you want your course page and syllabus to look like and what you 
      want it to achieve.


Introduction to web design II
   Discussion of thoughts about computers and composition in response to the readings.
   Discussion of syllabus ideas.
   Discussion of personal web pages.
   English department composition instructor pages (look for yours here!)
Blank departmental page for everyone to modify

  Introduction to personal web page design
     Sample personal pages (selected at random)
  Very basic design with picture but no links
Basic page design with picture  (all on one page--internal links only)
Basic design without picture  (all on one page--internal links only)
Basic page design--no picture or personal data  (external links to syllabi)
Sophisticated tables and images  (all on one page--internal links only)
Index page using tables  (single screen--external links only)
Index page using tables and images (single screen--external links only)
Index page with all the bells and whistles (single screen--external links only)
Creative option (external links only)
(select other pages to view from here)
   Folks you might know:
Lee Peters
Adam Mekler
Susan Piontkowski
Philip Chase
Shawn Steinhart

  Making personal pages--just do it!

Homework. Please read the following (available in the k:drive):
Gail Hawisher & Cynthia Selfe.  "Reflections on Computers and Composition 
           at the Century's End." 
   Tim Mayers and Kevin Swafford.  "Reading the Networks of Power:  Rethinking
          'Critical Thinking' in Computerized Classrooms." 
Think about the extent to which you feel comfortable integrating the internet 
          into your class. Play around with possible layouts/syllabi (blank syllabi planners are 
        available in the k:drive "handouts" folder).  Bring a paper draft or save into the k:drive 
       "syllabi" folder.

Thursday June 17, 1999

Things to include in your syllabus
Library Component of English 1 (Jody Caldwell will introduce this)
Multicultural Awareness week (Philip will introduce this)

Hands on session
  Mapping out a web site (story boarding).
  Making the course page.
  Making the syllabus.
  Making assignment pages.
  Linking to other relevant pages. 
.    Drew University Writing Instructor Guidelines
.     Resources for composition teachers
.     On-Line Resources for Writers
   Academic Integrity Policy and examples
.    English 1--midterm and final portfolio contents and grading information


  Making course page--just do it (start work on the syllabus too...)
Blank syllabus design page--MWF
Blank syllabus design page--TTh

Homework. Work on your personal page some more.  If you already have one, work
    on your syllabus for the class

Friday June 18, 1999

  Practical session--working on class syllabi and personal web pages.
  Discussion of everyone's progress.
  Wrap up and evaluation.

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