My Initial Reflections on the Write101x Course
As I mentioned in an earlier post I’m studying an online course to help improve my grammar and writing style. The course is UQx’s Write101x. The course started last week, and I’ve been reflecting on it a great deal.
I’m still not convinced about the value of discussion forums. The signal to noise ratio is very low, and the number of posts is exponentially high. The courses using peer assessment for the assignments, it will be interesting to see how that works.
Technically the course is a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course. I’m not a fan of the term, not because I think it is too masculine, but because it sounds wrong.
I’m still reflecting on why it sounds wrong. My thoughts are still coming into focus, and will be the basis for another post in this series. I can say that it has something to do with the ‘glamour of grammar’. It bothered me so much, that the other day I even tweeted about it. Embedded below is the tweet.
— techxplorer (@techxplorer) July 27, 2016
The course coordinators suggest keeping a writing journal. The idea is that you write on the right hand page, and then come back later and reflect on the writing on the left hand page. A writing journal is not going to work for me, I prefer to create digital content.
For this reason I’m going to use the author blog section of Elemental Fiction to reflect on the course. Especially as I hope that the things I learn as part of the course will improve my fiction writing. As well as the business and technical writing I need to do as part of my job.
To keep the posts that I write as part of the course together, I’ll use the write101x tag.
I look forward to the journey that this course will take me on. Check back soon for my next posts, reflecting on if it is cruel to not teach grammar to children, and why the word MOOC is jarring.