Welcome to the Online Writing Course for SS 2010

Here is a summary of the instructions for the course that were discussed at our first meeting:
  1. This semester the course will work on a two-week cycle. One week there will be a writing assignment and the next week will be dedicated to giving feedback to a text you receive from a peer. All transactions take place this semester via e-mail.
  2. The language used for all exchanges is English. Not only your texts but also e-mails and notes to the writers and me should be in English. That way you will get writing practice in both academic style writing (in your texts) and informal style writing (in your feedback and e-mails). This is also helpful to the readers so please stick to English at all times.
  3. After writing your assignment, save it with the week number + a shortened form of the name of the assignment + your name.
  4. In the following week - Feedback Week - go to the PCS homepage and request a peer editor to send your text to. Request ONLY ONE per assignment! If you request more than one peer, one of those peers will not get a text for the week! If you forget the name and e-mail address of your peer for the week, you can find it under the link "My List of Peers" on the PCS homepage.
  5. At the beginning of the Feedback Week, you should also be receiving a text from a different student who will be asking you to correct their text. If you do not receive a text from another student, check your list of peers to see if someone has gotten you as their peer. If there is a name on your list for that week and you did not receive a text from the person, it might be helpful write and ask if there is a problem. E-mail is not always as dependable as we would like, especially if English attachments are included. Sometimes they get put into the spam or the account is too full. So asking is always a good idea.
  6. Peer feedback in this course is mainly intended to give the writer your impressions of their text and whether you noticed any major language problems you can help them with. The main idea of this feedback is not to find all the grammar mistakes you can. Let the person know in a friendly way how they have managed to convey to you, the reader, what they wanted to say. And, naturally, if there are any questions or if you think you need a second opinion, I will be glad to help out. My e-mail address is: caroline.coit@uni-koeln.de. Be sure to include online writing course (owc) and your university (for example: owc köln, owc kisd) in the topic of the e-mail, please. That way I will answer as fast as possible.
  7. Also be sure to keep all of your written materials together in a portfolio (folder) so that at the end of the semester we can get together to discuss your progress and experiences you made throughout the semester. In order to get a Schein/credit for the course you will need to present your portfolio consisting of your corrected work, your final draft, and the texts you corrected with all your corrections and comments on them.
  8. For anyone who missed the first meeting and introduction to the course, here is a brief description of the objectives of the course and some information about peer editing and the editing tool that I explained at the meeting.

Week 1 - Narrative Event (starting April 12)  Week 5 - Description (Person) (starting May 10) Week 9 - From Paragraph to Essay (starting June 14)
 Week 2 - Feedback 1 (starting April 19) Week 6 - Feedback 3 (starting May 17) Week 10 - Feedback 5 (starting June 21)
Week 3 - Structure of a Paragraph (starting April 26) Week 7 - Examples or Illustrations (starting May 31) Week 11 - Description (Place) (starting June 28)
Week 4 - Feedback 2 (starting May 3)  Week 8 - Feedback 4 (starting June 7) Week 12 - Feedback 6 (starting July 5)
Week 13 - Getting Credit for the Course (starting July 12)

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