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Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication




As writing instruction moves from the defined spatial and temporal parameters of the traditional classroom to various degrees of online interaction—from explanatory e-mails to courseware mediated distance education—instructors have had to reconceptualize how they identify themselves to their student audience. While many instructors have tried to translate their face-to-face strategies to the digital medium with disparate degrees of success, others understand the different parameters digital media offer and see new opportunities for literally composing their instructional identity. This contribution will examine the strategies instructors have used to compose their identities with computer-mediated communications and propose suggestions for negotiating this process.


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DePew, K. E. (2008). Composing identity in online instructional contexts. In Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication (pp. 207-219). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.