I just finished creating a trailfire presentation for my business writing students tomorrow (summary available here) â€” or, rather, today, as it’s 2:00 am. Why am I up so late? Due to having a lot of grading left to do and accidentally sleeping so much on Saturday, when I had scheduled time to grade. Guess I was suffering from sleep debt. But, back to the trailfire presentation: covering some del.icio.us, collaborative writing software, online presentation software, blogs, citation software, and online pre-writing software.
So, I’m excited to show my students some online software they can use to collaborate or research with while they work on their proposals and group reports/projects/presentations. It should be a fun class period tomorrow, except perhaps while we’re talking about academic honesty… I haven’t really covered it yet in class, and it looks like I should have. I had a few students not quote properly in their last assignment â€” as in, they didn’t use quotation marks or even note that it was a direct quote. I don’t think it was intentional (er, well, malicious), but it was obvious in a few cases it wasn’t their own words. Luckily, though, they get a chance to revise when they turn it in for their individual portfolios, and this gives us a great chance to have a conversation about academic conventions and workplace expectations. (The assignment is graded informally.) It also gives me a chance to think about transfer and how I made a very poor assumption that some of the skills covered in first-year composition would transfer over well to other forms of writing in other classes.
Now, it’s off to get a few hours of sleep.