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Building Syllabi for Online Classes: A Case Study of Course Management Tool Use in Online Composition Courses

Abstract This study analyzes syllabi for first-year college composition courses and interview responses to examine how the choices made by instructors affect online course design. Using the Syllabus Assessment Instrument designed by Madson, Melchert and Whipp (2004), this dissertation looks specifically at attendance and participation policies, course behavior policies, contact information, required material choices, course organization decisions and tool decisions to reveal how instructors do or do not accommodate online class pedagogies. This study finds that the choices instructors make in syllabus design provide significant information about the overall online course design itself. Using Selber's multiliteracies as a frame for understanding ... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Pfannenstiel, Amber Nicole (Author) / Goggin, Peter (Advisor) / Daly Goggin, Maureen (Committee member) / Hayes, Elisabeth (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Rhetoric / CMS / composition / online / syllabi
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 190 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. English 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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