Marion Waite : My dream: A virtual and collaborative writing group for Faculty staff and students.
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13 January 2013
This is a Health & Life Sciences Faculty based project, which brings together Faculty Staff and Learners in dyads as co-producers of outputs of writing for academic and discipline- specific peer reviewed journals.
Membership of the group has been established, 10 members of Faculty staff, 14 learners in addition to other University colleagues with expertise in academic writing and an external facilitator.
The group will meet in an audio graphic context (Wimba Classroom) in order to deal with diverse geographical settings of the participants. Many of our learners study with us from a distance.
The proposed writing outputs will be based on the learners’ own dissertation research (they are a mix of undergraduate and post graduate students), which has already demonstrated originality and the potential to make a real contribution in practice. The Faculty staff with whom they form a dyad are their dissertation supervisors. There are a myriad of beneficial goals for all parties.
The challenge is that many of the Faculty staff within the group do not have experience of writing for peer reviewed publications and of those that do, they have less confidence in supporting learners to write for publication.
The Change I would like to see
The obvious change are the achievement of the proposed writing outputs but the biggest challenge is the shift of the Faculty staff and learners into a genre of academic writing for publication.
How I might go about bringing the change
This project is underpinned by a constructivist approach. In addition to audiographics an online collection of resources to support academic writing is being established. This is currently in a closed Moodle site but there is a question about this being an open site to encourage wider collaboration. There is also a question about how social media could support the project . Forming a study circle of interested parties to explore these would be a great enhancement for this project