Purpose and Audience

Audience and Purpose in First-Year Writing

April 22nd, 2010 by kfreeman

Eportfolios potentially highlight audience in a way that it doesn’t seem hard copy portfolios do in that they can be immediately published on the web. This advantage is perhaps more applicable in AWD courses where audience and purpose are much clearer and more specific than in first-year writing courses. However, this very possibility has helped [...]

E-portfolio…just another tool for the student writer?

April 7th, 2010 by jbenson

The ability to publish student portfolios to a website using the Taskstream software dramatically expands the audience that can be imagined for the writing of the course.  I wondered if a shift in the audience and purpose of the assignments for the course would have an impact on student writing, but I’m not sure that [...]

Negotiating immediate and future audiences

April 3rd, 2010 by cgallagher

Students were interested in, but skeptical about, the purposes and audiences for eportfolios themselves.  We viewed many eportfolio examples throughout the course, and students continually returned to these questions: What are these for?  Who reads them?  If they’re for professional purposes, do they take the place of traditional paper and face-to-face “self-marketing”?  In general, it [...]

Audience Outside the Classroom

April 2nd, 2010 by kmbrown

My students are being asked to compile an eportfolio of their work to submit at the end of the semester.  They can choose what to include or what not to include from the work they have done in the course based on how they are defining the purpose and audience of that portfolio.  Because these [...]