Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-184).
Benefits of online teacher/tutor conferencing -- Practical matters -- Establishing trust -- Theories for writing response in online settings -- First steps for writing response in online settings -- The orneriness of language -- Using what works -- Having effective conferences -- Postscript: Toward a theory of conference-based instruction -- Appendix 1: A study of online writing instructor perceptions -- Appendix 2: Direct and indirect speech in writing response.
Composition is going digital. The number of online writing courses in colleges across the country is increasing each year. How do we best teach writing over the Internet? How must our pedagogy change? Beth Hewett provides real and practical answers. After years of online teaching and tutoring, Hewett shares her trade secrets and best relationships, solving problems, and working efficiently. The book's problem-centered instruction uses mini-lessons and clear directions so that teachers and tutors can guide students toward improved writing. Hewett covers a range of core issues, including: building trust; assessing students' needs; creating effective mini-lessons; crafting helpful instructional messages; formatting comments and modeling key strategies; and using time wisely. The Online Writing Conference also provides a wealth of: actual one-to-one examples of online conferencing; tutorial transcripts; and action plans for teachers and tutors.