Project & Rationale
you the opportunity to create a usable curriculum after studying various
writing and distance learning pedagogies and to demonstrate that you can
apply what you have learned. This project asks you to design and justify
a pedagogical practice for a specific writing class or context.
a specific writing class or context that you are teaching in or would
want to teach in. This project will give you the opportunity to rethink
your current practices and/or develop a proposal for a new instructional
what you want to focus on in this context. For example, you may decide
outline the entire course or workshop
a detailed outline of a specific unit or project
teaching tools you develop
make these decisions, consider the 2000- (MA)/2500- (PhD) word, single-spaced
scope of the project.
want to develop an informed understanding of the instructional context
by drawing upon the research that you did this semester. Also, if you
plan to develop your pedagogical project for a specific context–which
is encouraged–do some field research to get a better sense of
a 50 word abstract that briefly explains the pedagogical situation.
a description of what you will be doing for this pedagogical situation.
The instructor or your peers in this class, if the situation arose,
should be able to use this document to teach what you have proposed
with very few questions.
choices that you make about the context and the scope of the project
will determine how you structure this document and how much detail you
use. As you make these decisions, think about how you want to actually
use the document that you produce beyond this course.
addition to designing the pedagogy, you will also justify the pedagogical
decisions that you have made. Therefore you will include a 2000-
word rationale with your pedagogy project. In this rationale you will
is your instructional goals for the pedagogy you developed?)
are the pedagogical issues that informed your design?
what have scholars said about these issues? (use the
assigned readings, the readings that you did for the wiki, any other
relevant scholarship that you read, and personal experiences–although
this support should not be used to the exclusion of engaging with
the theoretical discussion)
does your pedagogy reflect your position on these issues? (point
to very specific practices in your pedagogy to illustrate your point)
might the practice of the pedagogy you developed contribute to the
larger conversation about teaching writing from a distance in this
context? (your response to this will probably draw upon everything
above; you may also choose to use your personal experiences as support,
but again not to the exclusion of the theoretical support)
that you reference should be cited using a MLA, APA, or another appropriate
project is articulated in a way that prompts you to write up the pedagogy
and the rationale separately. You are, however, not confined to this
format. If another format works better for your purposes, you are encouraged
to talk with the instructor about your idea.
the last day of class,
you will be given the opportunity to present your pedagogy and rationale
on an e-Poster. At its most fundemental the e-Poster is self-progressing
presentation (e.g., PowerPoint, video) that an audience of other students
and instructors can stop by, experience, and ask you questions about.
As your presentation runs, you will want to be occasionally present to
talk about your work with your audience. Students at a distance will email
their e-Poster to the
instructor and be present through a video chat program, like
Skype or gChat. Note that the purpose of this part of the project is to
give you an opportunity to talk to others about your idea, but you will
not be graded on this part; therefore take this into consideration as
you design your poster.
for pedagogy project;
additional 2000- (MA)/2500- (PhD)
words for rationale
will probably be single-spaced
document is due on June
23, 2010 as a hard copy at the beginning of class
- 250 points
to the general evaluation
criteria, the instructor will be looking for evidence of...
- a sense
of audienceis the pedagogy project written so another person could
teach what you have proposed with little trouble? is the rationale written
to the instructor to demonstrate how the pedagogy project is the application
of current scholarship in a specific pedagogical situation?
- an informed
understanding of sound writing pedagogy as it pertains to the distance
learning context you have chosen
- an ability
to articulate your pedagogy to another audience, as well as explain
why you will (or they should) adopt this approach
- a well-supported
rationale that clearly connects to the pedagogy you designed
use of conventions, including MLA, APA, or an appropriate citation formatting