Role Play (Jonathan Alexander and Marcia Dickson)
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Title: Role Play
Sub-title: Distance Learning and the Teaching of Writing
Editor(s): Jonathan Alexander and Marcia Dickson
Publish Date: February 2006
|This collection focues on the development of new theories and pedagogies of
distance learning in the English class. It originally grew out of the editors'
interest in how roles and performances change as English teachers,
particularly writing instructors, become practitioners in distance learning classrooms
and their desire to examine the impact such changing roles have on English
instruction at the collegiate level.
At present, few books address the pedagogy of distance learning. While
many articles and portions of some books examine various features of the "cyber
classroom" and its use in distance learning, most have been written by
"trainers" from business backgrounds. Teachers are more likely to find discussions of
what to wear on screen or how to develop an efficient PowerPoint presentation
as opposed to serious discussion of the development of effective means of
conveying information, developing knowledge, or perfecting skills. Role Play
offers the latter, with thoughtful and often poignant scholarly analyses and
meditations on how distance learning can prompt instructors of English to
experiment with different roles in the performance of their duties.
Contents: Introduction, Jonathan Alexander and Marcia Dickson. PERFORMANCES.
Pedagogical Performances in the Online Writing Class, Christy Desmet, Robert
Cummings, Alexis Hart, and William Finlay. And Now, a Word From Our Sponsor,
John G. Bryan. PROCESSES. A Language All Its Onw: Writing in the
Distance-Learning Classroom, Ellen H. Hendrix. Trying to Connect: A Distance-Learning Basic
Writing Course for Nontraditional Students, Stuart Blersch and Carolyn Stoll.
Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Leading Discussions in Cyberspace: E-Journals and
Interactivity in Asynchronous Environments, Debbie Danowski. COMMUNITIES.
Rhetorical Violence and the Problematics of Power: A Notion of Community for the
Digital Age Classroom, Lori E. Amy. Critical and Multicultural: Pedagogy Goes
Online, Lesilee Antonette. Feminist Civic Engagement and the Role of the Bureaucrat:
Graduate Education, Distance Learning, and Community Action, Melody Bowden.
FUTURES. Online Distance Education and the "Buffy Paradigm": Welcome to the
Hell Mouth, Cynthia L. Jeney. Learning at Light Speed in Neal Stephenson's "The
Diamond Age", Veronica Pantoja. Distant, Present, and Hybrid, Peter Sands.