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Culture In The Online Classroom: A Framework For Learning

Anne Thurmer (University of Phoenix, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 11:15am
Learning Effectiveness
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Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
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45 Minutes
Discovery Session 2

Drawing on the experience of learning a foreign language, this session explores techniques for translating academics into a living language for distance students.

Extended Abstract

Bartholomae (1985) argued that students emulate and copy elements of academic discourse before appropriating the culture and language of academia. When online students invent university discourse, they remain immersed in their native discourse community, experiencing even greater social distance than described by Bartholomae in his classic essay. While traditional college experiences are comparable to studying abroad, living in the culture and immersed in the target language, online students' experiences are similar to learning a foreign language while immersed in their home culture. Viewed through this lens, this session will explore practices that support the translation of academic writing into a living language for our students, building motivation as students' transition to academic writing, and activities that support meaningful practice of academic discourse inside and outside the online classroom.

Bartholomae, D. (1985). Inventing the university. In Rose, M., Ed. When a writer can't write: Studies in writer's block and other composing-process problems (pp. 134-166). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Lead Presenter

Anne Thurmer serves with the Full-Time Faculty at the University of Phoenix teaching composition and critical thinking to first-year students. Her research interests include application of second-language and Industrial/Organizational Psychology theory to the online classroom, and professional development of junior faculty through mentoring.