www use

Ross Koning koning at ECSUC.CTSTATEU.EDU
Thu Feb 20 11:50:46 EST 1997

At 1:21 PM -0500 2/19/97, Thomas Bjorkman wrote:
>The temporary nature of most sites makes them uncitable in writing
>that is meant to have lasting value.

Thomas makes a good point here.  Is student writing
for a class paper meant to have lasting value?  Is
not all such writing a "writing for the moment" that
presents the state of knowledge "at that moment"?
How many class papers go anywhere after submission to
the faculty member?

To me, this is what makes the use of the electronic
medium acceptable *even though* we are in a transition
period.  We are trying to prepare students to use a
new medium that will likely include more archival sites
as our electronic libraries develop.  I think it is
good practice for this reason.

We want our students ready for and experienced in the
new medium.  I think we need to accept and encourage
use of this medium to avoid short-changing our students.
That is NOT to say that it replaces the traditional
medium...that is important too.


Ross Koning                 | koning at ecsu.ctstateu.edu
Biology Department          | http://koning.ecsu.ctstateu.edu/
Eastern CT State University | phone: 860-465-5327
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