Blogs vs. Term Papers
The format — designed to force students to make a point, explain it, defend it, repeat it (whether in 20 pages or 5 paragraphs) — feels to a lot of like a fitness in rigidity and boredom, like practicing piano scales in a key that is minor.
Her provocative positions have lent kindling to an intensifying debate regarding how best to teach writing when you look at the era that is digital.
“This mechanistic writing is a genuine disincentive to creative but untrained writers,” says Professor Davidson, who rails from the form inside her new book, “Now The thing is It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.”
“As a writer, it offends me deeply.”
Professor Davidson makes heavy utilization of the blog while the ethos it represents of public, interactive discourse. As opposed to writing a term that is quarterly, students now regularly publish 500- to 1,500-word entries on an internal class blog about the issues and readings they’ve been studying in class, along with essays for public consumption.
She’s in good company. In the united states, blog writing happens to be a basic requirement in anything from M.B.A. to literature courses. On its face, who could disagree with all the transformation? Why not replace a writing that is staid with a medium that offers the writer the immediacy of an audience, a feeling of relevancy, instant feedback from classmates or readers, and a practical connection to contemporary communications? Lire la suite