Both student and professional writers usually feel pride when their work is published. Some departments at UH Mānoa thus issue publications that feature student work. Individual instructors as well have developed several methods for creating publications for students within their classes. For example, some are using the internet.
Traditional hard-copy class publications can be produced in many ways. These include:
- Dividing a class into groups, each assigned to produce a newsletter, anthology, magazine or other appropriate publication. Newsletters, for example, are now very easy to produce using the templates that are bundled with new word processing programs.
- Assigning or electing an editorial board within the class to take responsibility for selecting and publishing a class publication. All or some portion of the remaining students may act as writers who submit their writing to this board.
- Allowing the instructor to act as the Editor-in-Chief who selects what will be published. Students may be required to submit their work to her or him on disk in a preferred word processing format. Instructors can organize these materials to reflect course goals or selected topics. Copies of such publications can enhance student pride and may prove useful to instructors in teaching subsequent versions of the class as well. (For examples of this approach, see Professor James Tiles's Philosophy 101 or Professor Michael Weinstein's Sociology 100 classes.)
Steps to Publishing Student Writing on the Web
Many instructors find that seeing their work in print provides great satisfaction. Students experience a similar pride when their work is published. Knowledge of this has led many instructors to create class magazines and journals. Some instructors encourage students to submit their work to existing publications (see, for example, UH Professor Wayne Iwaoka's Food Science 430 course). The internet and course support software such as Blackboard and WebCT now offer an additional and in some ways superior place to publish student work.
The benefits of student publication on the Web include:
- Increasing motivation and pride among students.
- Making the work available to a worldwide audience.
- Building links to other classes in Hawai'i and elsewhere that are studying similar course material
- Creating a library of materials for use by present and future students.
Some instructors choose to publish work throughout the semester; others, as a culminating activity. Work from all students may be included or only work from a selected few. Some instructors choose to remove student publications from the Web at the end of every semester while others view these student Web pages as a part of an archive that will grow larger each time the class is taught. See, for example, Jim Henry's culminating publication of all students' projects in English 464: Worklife Writing.
Instructors who have never created web pages can receive help from many sources. We discuss four of these sources here.
Students in your class
Many rich opportunities for successful group projects are created when the whole class or groups within the class work together to create a linked web site. Instructors themselves do not have to be experts in the process since most college classes today include students who are skilled at creating web pages. These students can teach their classmates and the instructor the basics of web publication. Such instruction need not take much class time and encourages the maximum number of students to become involved in every step of drafting, revising and polishing their own Web writing.
The Center provides expert individual assistance to faculty wishing to create Web pages. Instructors may stop by the DMC between 8:30 and 4:30 daily but are encouraged to call ahead to schedule an appointment. Instructors may bring work ready to be posted to the web or visit before they have such work to learn how to begin. The DMC staff can be reached at 956-2719 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many departments, divisions and programs at UH now have their own Web servers. The people in charge of these computers may be willing to help interested faculty publish student documents at these sites.
Written guidelines from Information Technology Services or the web
ITS offers information on their website:http://www.hawaii.edu/infotech/thewww.html
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