Models of Distance Education
for Composition:

The Role of Interactive Video Conferencing

by Dawn Rodrigues
University of Texas at Brownsville
and Texas Southmost College


Written conversations have become standard fare in English courses that use collaborative writing software; thus, the move to a combination of conferencing software and chat rooms or MOOs has been a relatively painless one for computers and composition specialists.

In this webtext, Rodrigues argues that we need a variety of models for teaching Distance Ed English courses; in particular, we need to consider such factors as the ways interactive video might complement text-based conversations and how text-based conversations might complement primarily interactive video/audio courses. Different contexts demand different combinations of technology and pedagogy.


This web was peer-reviewed by Jeff Galin, Judi Kirkpatrick, and Dickie Selfe of the Kairos Editorial Board.

Contact the author.

Dawn Rodrigues teaches composition courses at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, both on campus and via the Internet and video. She has published extensively on technology-assisted writing instruction and has written textbooks for online composition courses, including Writing Essentials and The Research Paper and the World Wide Web.

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Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments.
Vol. 3 No. 2 - Fall 1998