Hypertext And/As Collaboration in the Computer-Facilitated Writing Classroomby Douglas Eyman
Hypertext can be used--in nearly any type of computer-assisted class--to
allow students to engage in collaborative, socially-constructed
composition and meaning-making; this essay considers both the underlying
theory which supports the use of hypertext in composition instruction and
provides a range of pedagogical approaches. Various classroom
arrangements are considered, from standalone computers with no internet
connections to networked, internet accessible workstations; for each type
of classroom a different hypertext assignment which emphasizes
collaboration is provided as an example.
About the Author
Douglas Eyman, now an independent scholar (late of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington), continues to pursue research in the field of computer-facilitated composition with a particular interest in hypertext and the possibilities it presents for making explicit a social-constructivist pedagogy.