@go tuesday

Every Tuesday night (nearly), at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, for an hour (or so), a group of teachers gets together to MOO about teaching writing with computers. Or at least, that's the simple way to put it.

They MOO about scholarly and pedagogical issues in the field of computers and writing: classroom issues, professional issues, theoretical issues.

These teachers talk together about teaching . . .

A pretty good sense of the Tuesday Cafe can be gotten by looking at the list of past discussion topics and by reading the logs of those discussions.

. . . and they do it by MOOing

. . . by constructing a verbal, intellectual, and emotional environment for interacting, thinking, and learning. By

The acts of construction are real, and so are the interactions.

The Tuesday Cafe is a good example of what sociologist Ray Oldenburg calls a "third place." He sees three sites for necessary human interaction: the first place is where we live, the second is where we work, and the third is where we hang out and unpurposefully build very purposeful communities.

For the computers and writing community and for many teachers who use computers in their classes, the Tuesday Cafe has become a kind of home away from home.

What is the Tuesday Cafe?

What are some of the benefits offered by this kind of community?

What are some of the disadvantages of MOO discussions?

How do people get to the Cafe?

Works Cited

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Last updated: 10 June 1996.