9.408 writing online

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Thu, 21 Dec 1995 19:47:47 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 408.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: Willard McCarty <mccarty@phoenix.princeton.edu> (40)
Subject: Re: Web page as final project

[The following from H-CLC, with thanks and collegial respects. --WM]

>Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 09:56:37 -0600
>Reply-To: H-NET List on Computers in Literary Studies <H-CLC@msu.edu>
>>From: "H-CLC (BD)" <bdiederi@artsci.wustl.edu>
>>To: Multiple recipients of list H-CLC <H-CLC@msu.edu>
>Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 13:26:28 -0600
>From: John Slatin <jslatin@mail.utexas.edu>
>In the Computer Writing and Research Lab at Texas, we have a number of
>instructors whose students have constructed Web sites in lieu of (or
>sometimes in addition to) more traditional papers, both in composition
>classes and in literature surveys. One clear advantage is sheer energy and
>excitement, as measured by the hours upon hours students commit to these
>projects and by their frequent requests for permission to update their Web
>pages *after* the semester is over. (No, I'm not kidding.) Another is
>that they have to think much harder about organization and the connections
>among different parts of their projects and other people's work than
>undergraduates usually do. Sure they need spell-checkers and copy editors,
>but that's nothing new; what *is* new is that they themselves become
>uncomfortable when they find grammatical and mechanical errors in documents
>they've written for what might well be a global audience.
>I'm trying to think of what gets lost, I mean more lost than it does in
>traditional essays. Portability, I guess, and the ability to spread red ink
>all over their work; page-count as a criterion ("write a 3-5 page essay"
>means something completely different on the Web!).
>You can get to these projects by pointing your browser to
>http://www.cwr.utexas.edu and following the link to "On-line courses." We'd
>be very interested in feedback.
>Professor John M. Slatin
>Director, Computer Writing & Research Lab
>Div. of Rhetoric and Composition and Dept. of English
>University of Texas at Austin
>Austin, TX 78712
>jslatin@mail.utexas.edu http://wwwcwrl.utexas.edu