Community, context, and distance education

John Rothfork

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


This paper makes recommendations about teaching online professional courses to students lacking relevant professional experience. The course was on ethics and professional writing. Students substituted personal ethics for professional ethics and relied on the skills they had in textual explication and narrative development to defend personal judgments. Instead of putting greater emphasis on theory and formal analysis, the author recommends simulating the experience of professional writing by relying on case study methods, peer critiques, and Internet resources, such as discussion boards where professional writers gossip, complain, and argue about their professional experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conferen ON Information Technology
Subtitle of host publicationCoding Computing, ITCC 2004
EditorsP.K. Srimani, A. Abraham, M. Cannataro, J. Domingo-Ferrer, R. Hashemi
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2004
EventInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC 2004 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Apr 5 2004Apr 7 2004

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC


OtherInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding Computing, ITCC 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • General Engineering


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