Upon Further Review
Reviews, Previews, and More
We offer six new reviews this issue: two book reviews, one web-site
review, one web-software review, and two writing software
Also, in pieces we are terming "responsaviews," we
offer two new looks at Joan Tornow's Link/Age, written both as
reviews of Tornow's book and as responses to Joan Latchaw's review of
Link/Age in Kairos 2.1.
And to close, with this issue we launch a new experiment, a preview
of book not yet written.
- Bradley Bleck's review of Dawn
Rodrigues's The Research Paper and the World Wide Web,
considers what the book offers both teachers and a students. See if he
recommends the book to both.
- In a thoughtful response to Bleck's review, Dawn Rodrigues suggests that the
next generation of web research books will need to offer strategies for
more fully integrating library with Internet research.
- Charles Green surveys and assays Walt
Whitman web sites, combining his study of Whitman and his perspective as
Project Manager for The Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive to offer
critiques of the websites' content and presentational quality.
- Andrew Higgins reviews James
Strickland's From Disk to Hard Copy and notes that though it is
not cutting edge, it holds value for teachers who are starting out in
- Jake Shewmake reviews
Ceilidh, software designed for web-based conferencing and
document sharing. In addition to covering the software's features,
Jake includes links demonstrating how Utah State
University's Writing Center uses Ceilidh.
- Ann Woodlief praises Norton's
CONNECT.Net, weaving in with her voice, the views of colleagues and
students who have used the software.
- Peter Sands compares the leading
writing software for writing courses taught in networked-computer
classrooms. Seen as an ongoing project that will be updated as new
products and new features to old products come to the market, Sands
encourages you to share your
thoughts and comparisons with him for future versions of this piece.
Susan Halter and David Silver offer further
consideration of Joan Tornow's Link/Age: Composing in the Online
Classroom. While they each find agreement with Latchaw's
also find more value in Tornow's book than Latchaw chose to emphasize.
Taken together these three reviews offer an expanded sense of Tornow's
book. The question is, however, which perspective would you emphasize
in your own reading?
What is more important--how a study is designed and written up, or how
value can be found in it whatever the design?
Shortly after departing for Dallas and his position with the Dallas
Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Kairos publisher
Mick Doherty received a query from MIT teachers Dan Stevenson and Ed
Barrett. They asked if Mick would review a book-in-progess that they
were preparing for MIT Press, wondering if Mick would use some portions
of the book in his class on writing on the web and creating web-based
hypertext with his students.
Instead, we invited Stevenson and Barrett to post their proposal here, in
Kairos. We, and they, invite you to preview the
proposal and to (p)re-view the book-in-draft with your students. With
the cooperation of MIT Press and participation of the authors, we hope
to follow this book through its production and publication. We'll be
inviting responses to the proposal here from both teachers and their
students, inviting the authors and their editor to join us in
Kairos /Lingua MOO interlogues, and when the book is
complete and in press, we'll find reviewers who have not been part of
this process, as well as one or two who have, to write a book review for
us. Interested in learning more?