some useful links


The Victorian Web - Very close to great; hypertextual navigation of an entire subject, pieces contributed by multiple authors across the web. But too-basic formatting, and limit one illustration per page weighs down this otherwise exciting hypertext learning environment. Perhaps this is Victorian web design?

Grids is more suited to the web - use of short bits and quotes, innovative text/layout, casual language, multiple sources. But: hard to follow, absolutely (purposefully?) uneven, determinedly shallow/brief.

Howard Rheingold suggests Semiotics for Beginners and the Perseus Project.


Kairos - A Journal For Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments ; includes these pieces:
Rethinking the Academy: Problems and Possibilities of Teaching, Scholarship, Authority, and Power in Electronic Environments, by Keith Dorwick, University of Illinois-Chicago - his points about radical teachers, students teaching, losing disinterested or fearful students, teacher's time, and access issues
Embedded Visuals: Student Design in Web Spaces, by Tonya Browning, University of Texas at Austin
Intellectual Property Online: The Case of Student Writing, by Matthew Kirschenbaum


Blue Web'n - a good thorough listing of online projects, but it seems that too many things get five stars.

Nine Years of Computer-Based Writing Instruction Research at Texas Tech is a good description of the difficulty of building up technological infrastructure throughout the eighties and ninties. These folks have much experience trying to coordinate students and teachers in computer teaching environments.

How to Build a (Dynamic) Web-Based Course - the Contents - this is geared less at putting out materials from a limited population of author-students, but rather at having discussions on an online syllabus. Web-Based course differs from Web-Textbook, but it may have overlapping elements (ie, instructional materials online).

North American Quilt classroom - sounds like the right idea, but the results are not really browsable by a web audience. not a world of information.

Yahoo's listing of EduOnline projects

how to write for online:

from Mark Bernstein:
Your argument that "Writing for the web is different from writing a straight essay" echoes a recent Jakob Nielsen AlertBox.

I am not entirely convinced that Nielsen's style recommendations are valid. For a counterproposal -- arguing the good hypertext writing *does* differ from print but in ways very different from those Nielsen advocates -- see my "Hypertext Gardens" paper:

MetaGrrrl Proposal on Documentation of the Design Process in Online Environments - more about site design and architecture than writing per se.

my other writing on the subject:

webvision for Swarthmore
"You mean if I make a web page, anyone can see it?"
Hypertext textbooks for Howard
Notes on writing my thesis as hypertext web pages
Autobiographical Hypertext

hypertextbooks | personal publishing | technologee writings

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