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Literacy learning in e-learning contexts

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1. Project Background

2. Literacy Samples

3. Conditions of e-learning




TRLI Project findings – Claire Amos

 Beyond the virtual classroom

Developing literacy through the use of online communities in English


Contributing Teacher: Claire Amos    
School: Epsom Girls Grammar School (Research completed at Auckland Girls Grammar School) 
Year level: Year 11
Curriculum Area (subject): English
Literacy Roles: Code Breaker, Text Participant, Text User, Text Analyst (see The Four Resources Model of Literacy
ICTs used: Wikis (pbworks), Blogging (blogger) 

Project Background


This project looked at how student blogs and class wikis can be utilised to raise literacy levels in the context of formal writing (AS 90053) preparation and practice. The project focused on how ICT is used beyond the classroom (as we are presented with the challenge of limited access to computers in the classroom).


In this inquiry project I critically reflected on the practice of formal writing, as a formative task, through the use of an online classroom community (the class wiki) which provides students with the topics and related live links to resources for a range of formal writing topics. The formal writing practice was completed in the context of individual student blogs.


The aim was to reflect on the effects of these practices on the learner, to see the impact this approach has on student participation, engagement and improvement of literacy levels as illustrated in their production of formal writing. I hoped to measure how realistic and successful this approach is in comparison to more traditional in class written practice and potentially measuring whether using an environment (that of the online community) that our students feel comfortable in, enhances the development of their literacy levels. See Conditions of e-learning


 Literacy, as it is defined for this project (as an understanding of and the ability to use the various forms of communication through which meaning is made between individuals or groups in society. It involves communicating with others using codes and conventions and understanding how those codes and conventions work) is central to the formative Formal Writing process. Students will be required to make meaning from a number of texts (newspaper articles, blogs, articles, television news reports and interviews which encompass print, graphics, moving images and sound) when considering any one topic for their Formal Writing blogs. They will in turn be required to interpret, analyse and create texts (and meaning) through the process of constructing their Formal Writing blog. Student samples that demonstrate the Four Resources Model of Literacy are available here.


Literacy Samples




1. Project Background

2. Literacy Samples

3. Conditions of e-learning


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