You Are What You Write
This discussion forum examines the importance of written assignments in online learning. Respond to the following and, if appropriate, include personal experience as part of your answers. In the book Assessment Strategies for the On-Line Class: From Theory to Practice (Anderson, Bauer, Speck), Robert Gray (2002) writes, “Students in on-line courses exist only in how they represent themselves through their writing…if there is no writing there is no classroom. The participants are what they write.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your point of view.
Because writing assignments are often used to assess students online, what guidelines should be in place for assessing writing skills in online learning?