Writing in the e-Sphere

Where Connectivity and Literacy Collide

Authors

  • Vance Stevens Petroleum Institute

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v1i1.125

Keywords:

writing instruction, computer aided instruction, writing and computers

Abstract

In setting forth the intended philosophy of the eSphere column, the column’s editor introduces what is possible in the teaching of writing in today’s technological climate as compared to the much less connected era when he started teaching several decades ago. At that time, computers were viewed as tools supporting behaviorist and algorithmic training philosophies, whereas current perspectives regard them more as adjuncts to constructivist and connectivist methodologies, and where writing is concerned, as a means of promoting authentic communication enhanced by social networking. Technology is now seen to facilitate most aspects of each step of the writing process. The eSphere column intends not only to document developments along these lines and to shed light on their impact on teaching writing, but to foretell them, following and extrapolating the trends and paradigm shifts as teaching practitioners utilize and adapt the affordances inherent in modern technologies. The column aims to encourage teachers to experiment and become familiar with the new tools and the most appropriate methodologies for their use. It is hoped that the eSphere column will become part of the conversations among teachers promoting informal learning with one another, which in subsequent stages can be applied with transformative effects in classrooms.

Author Biography

Vance Stevens, Petroleum Institute

Vance Stevens teaches computing at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. He is the “From the e-Sphere” editor of Writing & Pedagogy, the "On the Internet" editor of the TESL-EJ (Electric Online Journal), and sits on the editorial board of Computer Assisted Language Learning An International Journal. Vance is past chair and founding member of the CALL Interest Section of TESOL and the founder of the online community Webheads.

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Published

2010-01-16

How to Cite

Stevens, V. (2010). Writing in the e-Sphere: Where Connectivity and Literacy Collide. Writing and Pedagogy, 1(1), 125-130. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v1i1.125

Issue

Section

From the e-Sphere