|Title:||When Technology Meets the Classroom: Multiple Technologies and the Development of a Rhet 105 Learning Environment|
|Author(s):||Hamilton, Patrick; Kratz, John; Rasky, Alex; Thompson, Matthew|
|Abstract:||A look into Rhet 105 at The University of Illinois and its uses of social media in the classroom. Results show that these technologies establish a community within the classroom that helps aid student learning.|
|Course / Semester:||RHET 105, Spring 2012
Instructor, Cody Caudill
Rhetoric 105/Principles of Composition introduces students to the practices of research-based writing for academic audiences, such as formulating a researchable question, locating sources, constructing an argument, drafting, revising, and editing. This course uses writing, reading, observing, and critical thinking to develop scholarly curiosity. To do this, instructors focus on: deepening research skills, developing students’ abilities to read and respond to difficult texts, and, most importantly, helping students through the writing process in a social, collaborative, revision-focused environment. This particular section of Rhetoric 105 was focused around the theme of “Exploring Student Communities at the University of Illinois.” The assignments and discussions asked students to explore their own experiences as students and consider how various student communities shape our campus culture and identities as students. Over the course of the semester students formulated research questions about a particular campus community and answered them by doing semester-long ethnographic research (observations, interviews, archive analysis, and surveys), including a short video presentation. The kinds of writing studies and conducted were formulated around reflections on these communities.
|Peer Reviewed:||not peer reviewed|
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2012-07-06|
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Multimedia Projects - Ethnography of the University Initiative
Technology and Student Life
This collection appreciates and investigates the meanings and impact of new technologies on students' social lives, learning, and group formation.