Helping students learn
through public online writing

Presentation for
STLHE 2000
St. Catharines, Ontario
15 June 2000

Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D.
Russell A. Hunt, Ph. D.
Associate Dean of Students
Professor of English
Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5G3
613.520.2874 (office) 613.520.4458 (fax)
506.452.0424 (office) 506.450.9615 (fax)

Session outline:

As a means of stimulating discussion among participants in the session, the presenters will each describe a different method he's developing to enhance learning by giving students access to online exchange of texts through the medium of Web-based hypertext.

Hunt will describe a course in which students collaboratively investigated an area of literary study. The investigation was carried on primarily by means of research reports, written dialogue, and summaries and descriptions of readings. The presentation will offer speculation on, and evidence for, enhanced learning related to the public, transactional nature of the texts produced.

Pychyl will describe the online development of students' research projects in a first-year seminar. This writing is developed across two terms, taking students through summary writing, annotated bibliographies, research papers and a final, integrated group project. The presentation will include student feedback on the process and student perceptions of online writing for learning.

After the presentations, which will take ten-fifteen minutes each, participants will be invited to engage in a written and oral discussion of the implications of such practices for their own disciplines and their own courses.

For further information:

Both presenters maintain Web sites where more information on their teaching and their ideas about learning and teaching can be found (locations are listed above).