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Crutches, Pills, Insomnia, and Oversleeping

Crutches, Pills, Insomnia, and OversleepingJerz’s Literacy Weblog) I had every intention of getting up this morning to attend several presentations at the writing center conference that took place here at Seton Hill this weekend. My wife called me at the office last night… (she’s in Texas visiting her parents). It turns out my son is on crutches (he jumped off a bed and may have chipped a bone) and while…

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Just-in-Time Handouts

After looking at my teaching evals from last term and talking with the boss, I can see I need to spend more time discussing my assignment expectations. I’m teaching mostly freshmen, which means they are perhaps more needy than the students in the upper-level tech writing classes I used to teach every term. But I’m a freshman too. I rarely create paper handouts; if I’m going to design instructional material, I’d rather do…

Students' Frustrations with a Web-Based Distance Education Course

Many advocates of computer-mediated distance education emphasize its positive aspects and understate the kind of work that it requires for students and faculty. This article presents a qualitative case study of a Web-based distance education course at a major U.S. university. The case data reveal a taboo topic: students’ persistent frustrations in Web-based distance education. First, this paper will analyze why these negative phenomena are not found in the literature.…