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Welcome Instructors! Please take note of the following: The audio will be broadcast over your computers so that you can listen in. If you want the opportunity to ask a question in person, you can call in to the teleconference. You will be muted upon entry into the call, so don't be alarmed if we can't hear you. Raise your hand if youd like to say hello! We will be recording this session so that we can archive it on our webinar site at bedfordstmartins.com/webinar. If you are having technical difficulties, you can type your question into the Q&A box to the right. Or you can email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructor Support for WritingClass Bedford/St. Martins Overview of WritingClass Support site for WritingClass: yourwritingclass.com Sign up for a live online demo Take a tour How to ask questions during the webinar Introduction to: Joanne Posa, Greenville Technical College
Questions? If you have general questions about WritingClass: –use the Q&A box to the right to submit questions –Lynette will answer them throughout the webinar and follow up with you via email if she doesnt have time to answer If you have specific questions for Joanne: –wait until the Q&A session at 2:40 pm EST –at that time, raise your hand (the button at the bottom left of the participants panel) and we will unmute you so you can ask your question
Grammar Diagnostics Focuses on Grammar Remediation and Troubleshooting – customized to individual student need
Personalized Study Plans Help Identify Weaknesses – immediate on-line scoring exposes student knowledge gaps Help Strengthen Skills –grammar exercises (tied to lessons) allow students to practice (with training wheels)
Grammar and Writing Modules Foster Independent Learning –additional exercises beyond the textbook provide fresh review material Reinforces Class Lessons – user-friendly assignments for students who need lesson repetition (due to absence/incomplete processing) Encourages Transfer of Grammar Knowledge to Writing Application –editing exercises are skills-specific
Time-Saving Advantages Replaces student/instructor office appointment(s) that reteach lesson(s) missed due to absence or inattention Grades and records individual student quizzes/tests instantly Provides a broad selection of standard tests and make-up tests –allowing instructor to spend more time outside class creatively upgrading/adjusting lesson plans Creates a snapshot of each student in process (as skills develop)
Efficient & Effective System My Experiment: –Divided class in half –Tested one half using WritingClass as test prep tool (5 days before grammar test). Results: –half of class had higher scores on their tests overall
Student Engagement: Peer Review WritingClass Peer Review engages students in cooperative learning by fostering more peer interaction outside the classroom With class meeting time limited, more peer review assignments can be completed using WritingClass
Peer Review Teams Review teams can be managed (changed/tracked) easily
Final Thoughts WritingClass helps me manage my classes more efficiently It also gives my students additional tools to help them develop as writers WritingClass is not a static product –It improves semester to semester with new tools and functionality
Quick Tips on Getting Started Work with Lynette Ledoux to set up class Wait until the third week of the semester before introducing students to WritingClass Bring students to computer lab for first WritingClass assignment Use instant scoring reports from grammar quizzes to help guide teaching (adjust lessons/assignments) Engage students in peer review assignments outside the classroom by setting up student teams/groups in WritingClass Explore it! There are so many helpful resources available. Check to see if new things have been added that you can fold into your course.