PART 2: MODELING AND MAKING SPACE
"Kairotic Design: Building Flexible Networks for Online Composition"
Lance Cummings, Renea Frey, Ryan Ireland, Caitlin Martin, Heidi McKee, Jason Palmeri, and James Porter
Drawing from instructor narratives, class artifacts, and interviews of and surveys with students, this chapter reports on the results of a six-month study of a fully online composition curriculum at Miami University.
Based on their experiences, the authors argue for a kairotic model of online course design that is flexible, adaptive, and emergent, and that challenges models of online course design that seek to plan all content in advance. In articulating their vision of kairotic design, the authors detail their design process, including how instructors and students perceived and altered online classroom spaces over time.
The chapter concludes with recommendations for how to construct kairotically responsive and pedagogically effective virtual spaces for online composition classes that do not aim to replicate traditional, brick-and-mortar classrooms but instead seek to harness the affordances of distributed, networked interactions.
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