Friday, December 14, 2007

Collaborating on writing projects

Early this year I put together a presentation for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs about collaboratively writing reports. Writing teachers -- and, I think, many in other fields -- tend to assign group projects without offering any guidance on how to plan, coordinate, or collaborate on them. No wonder students hate them. My presentation describes two complementary ways to deal with this issue:
  • planning the project strategically
  • using collaboration software
I've used this in my writing classes as well, and the results have been generally positive. What do you think? Leave feedback in the comments section.

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