Comprehensiveness rating: 5 read less
This book addresses the foundations for Online Writing Instruction in a clear and comprehensive way. It covers the most important topics of the discussion and can be use as a manual or handbook for institutional discussion about the benefits of implementing OWI.
Accuracy rating: 4
The book provides and discusses important policies and data about OWI in the introduction. Each chapter presents a bibliography.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
The content and consistency of this book is strong.
Clarity rating: 5
Although this is not a book by a single author, the clarity through out the text is consistent.
Consistency rating: 5
It is a book with different authors yet the terminology and use of abbreviation are very consistent through it.
Modularity rating: 4
Chapters 1 and 11 are the largest ones and they have subheadings. I however think that they should also appeared in the index or table of contents of the books.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 4
The book is presented in a logical sequence. I missed an index of authors at the end.
Interface rating: 3
I read the PDF form of this book. I have not need to access the interface.
Grammatical Errors rating: 4
The grammar and style make the content of this book accessible to the reader who has not previous knowledge of the subject.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
This book is not cultural insensitive. Indeed the introduction addressed the need to recognize different cultural backgrounds when creating online writing activities.
I was attracted to read FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICES OF ONLINE WRITING INSTRUCTION because although I do not teach courses online, I do request at least four writing exercises during a semester that students need to complete and submit online through a platform administrator such as Moodle. After reading the book, I felt motivated to write this review because I found it engaging and helpful to my own teaching practice and the profession. The book provides an introduction to Online Writing Instruction (OWI), where the benefits, challenges and fears of such practice are addressed. I found particular useful the section “Hybrid and Fully-Online OWCS” because it provided me with a set of questions that allowed me to reflect and think of my own practice when I design online writing activities for my courses.