New Technologies in the English Composition Class: Components of Online Instruction
This paper will address the issues that must be considered when designing an English composition course to be delivered on line. Because of the means of communication available for online instruction, it is important to plan for delivery of instruction, for collecting students' assignments, and for testing procedures. The entire course should be planned as much as possible before delivery. Since all instruction and communication will have to be provided in written form, it can be prepared ahead of time and made available through the media selected as needed. The following factors will need to be considered: the type of output from the teacher and the mode of delivery and the type of output from the student and the mode of delivery. The output from the teacher will be lessons on specific course topics, assignments, answers to questions, administration of exams, and announcements. The output from the students will be questions, essays, exam answers, and completed assignments. The modes of delivery for both teacher and students are email, discussion boards, web pages, online forms, and virtual classroom. The modes of delivery may be available through a "provider of Internet infrastructure software for e-Education" such as Blackboard, or the institution's web site. The instructor's role will be to direct each activity to the most appropriate mode of delivery available. A clear plan will help students remain focused on the course's subject matter and will reduce time spent on resolving technical problems.
Elisabetta LeJeune (United States)
Instructor of English
Southeastern Louisiana University
Elisabetta LeJeune was born in Italy and moved to the United States in 1978 to teach Italian in Louisiana. In 1980 she graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with an M.A. In 1981 she graduated from the University of Rome with a Laurea in Foreign Languages. In 1986 she graduated from Tulane University with a Master of Arts in Teaching with an English as Second Language Endorsement. Presently she is an instructor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University where she teaches English 101, English 102, and Italian. She has taught English 101 on line during the past three years.
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)