Reframing Writing Instruction in Physical Learning Environments: Making Connections Between Digital and Nondigital Technologies
Physical learning environments offer many affordances that one can choose from when designing instruction. For courses where student writing is central to course learning outcomes, a challenge exists in that innovative digital technologies may take precedence over nondigital tools, such as paper-based student writing. We argue that treating student writing as a technology can increase opportunities for active learning within physical learning environments. In this article, we describe an approach to writing instruction that builds intentional connections between paper-based texts and digital technologies to increase opportunities for active learning. We explain the rationale for the design decisions in an introductory composition course taught in a technology-enhanced, Active Learning Classroom through a design case model. Classroom applications relevant to any course in which student writing is a central learning activity are discussed.
Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology
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Educational Technology Commons, Rhetoric and Composition Commons, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons