Teaching Editing Skills and Standards Online

Van Luyn, Ariella and Cantrell, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X (2018) Teaching Editing Skills and Standards Online. In: 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP 2018), 28-30 Nov 2018, Perth, Australia.

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Abstract

Aviva Tuffield (2015) recently described editing as ‘the art of invisible mending’. However, teaching professional editing skills involves a complex process of making visible these largely hidden practices. For online students from diverse social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, training in ‘an invisible profession’ presents particular challenges. This paper draws on a case study from the University of New England (Armidale) to outline key considerations for teaching editing online. The study focuses on an editing subject that includes both an undergraduate and postgraduate offering, and which was developed in response to student requests for more ‘hands-on subjects’. The cohort represents a wide range of skill-sets, from practising editors undertaking professional development to first-year students with little editing experience. Since online students may be accustomed to content- based rather than skills-focussed modes of delivery, certain tensions arise when students undertake ‘visible’ learning activities. These tensions are heightened by the fact that working as an editor involves meeting deadlines, while online learning is asynchronous. Further, in the online setting, there are fewer opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction, which makes working as an online editor additionally challenging. Therefore, course design must effectively utilise online learning tools, while simultaneously employing learning cycles that encourage critical reflection.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2020 03:28
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: editing; editing skills and standards; publishing; creative writing; creative writing pedagogy; online learning; digital pedagogy
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280109 Expanding knowledge in education
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40302

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