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The comp theory/practice course for new TAs I teach as part of my WPA duties will be fully online this year, so I'm re-thinking everything, especially assignments. Curious, fellow WPAs: what types of writing do you assign in your course? #WPAlife #TeamRhetoric
More details: the class is two weeks long. In the past, writing a Philosophy of Composing and the syllabus, schedule, and assignments have been the major assignments, in addition to discussion boards, responses, etc.
Due to the pandemic, we are using a standard syllabus, schedule and assignments this year. Some elements of the syllabus can be tailored to new TAs' preferences (such as the grading system), but most of the syllabus they will be using as-is.
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WPA friends: I think we need to be real about Fall. I just got out of a college meeting, and it strikes me that it may be useful for WPAs to start doing a few things in case Fall ends up being some kind of weird social distancing/hybrid format, which is being considered at my uni
1) ask your provost or dean to have a plan for transitioning high risk faculty who don’t want to teach F2F or hybrid to online classes—sooner rather than later, and in a way that facilitates safe disclosing of this request,
2) come up w/ a list of high contact writing activities and brainstorm safer replacement options (think: handing in in-class writing, small group discussions, exchanging hard copies for peer review, etc.)
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I started teaching composition online in 2008. Here are some things I've learned over the years (a thread). #onlinelearning #digped #teamrhetoric #WPAlife
There are REASONS why online courses have higher DWF (drop/withdraw/fail) rates. One huge reason is that these courses can feel impersonal. Another is a lack of feeling accountable. Anything we as instructors can do to the improve the affective element of the course is critical.
I make many choices in my online courses to humanize the student experience. One key element of my #pedagogy is to respond to students' work via screencasting. Screencasting allows students to hear my voice and see my screen as I am grading their papers/digital projects.
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