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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
Pages: 236
Format: Paper
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.

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