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ERIC Number: EJ937682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Using Scholarly Online Communities to Empower Students
Bach, Dorothe J.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v22 n2 p5-29 2011
This article seeks to inspire humanities and social science faculty to explore ways of utilizing existing scholarly online communities to engage students in the process of academic inquiry. The author discusses her own experience using a discipline-specific listserv, shares successful assignments, examples of student postings and a grading rubric. Analyzing student work, she argues that by observing the often messy debates authors and scholars engage in before producing published work, students can uncover the process of discipline-specific inquiry and begin to imagine themselves as potential participants. With appropriate preparation, students can also be empowered to contribute their own knowledge to an expert online community--a learning experience that is often hard to simulate in the classroom. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A