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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