Course Description:

This course will explore key issues related to teaching and learning in online environments with a particular emphasis on writing and communication pedagogy. Our readings and discussions will examine digital classroom practices and the theories that inform them. Course assignments will engage scholarship from relevant disciplines (including computers and composition, rhetoric, technical/professional communication, and educational technology), investigate varying pedagogical approaches, and evaluate current technological possibilities. Students will also have an opportunity to create or supplement curricular materials for current or future online teaching. 

Course Meeting Times and Place:

During face-to-face sessions (noted on course schedule) this course will meet in the Design Center (located in the northside basement of Milton Hall) on Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:45. Online sessions will meet in Blackboard unless other technologies are assigned.

Required Course Texts:

Palloff, Rena M. and Keith Pratt. Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (2nd ed). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0787988258

Warnock, Scott. Teaching Writing Online: How and Why. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0814152539

Cargile Cook, Kelli and Keith Grant-Davies (eds). Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers. Amityville, NY: Baywood, 2005. ISBN13: 978-0895032959



Instructor Info

Dr. Jennifer Sheppard
Office: CBW Hall 226
Phone: 575-646-2341
Email: jasheppa@nmsu.edu

Office Hours

Mondays 12:00-2:00
(in Design Center)

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00
(in CBW 226)

and by appointment