By Lynnette R. Porter

Lynnette R. Porter is a author and instructor who has taught on-line, web-enhanced, and on-site periods at numerous universities within the usa. She earned her M.A. in English and technical writing and a Ph.D. in English, with specializations in rhetoric, composition, and technical communique. Her study pursuits are various, and she or he has awarded convention papers or at present has papers into account for numerous foreign expert institutions, together with the Society for Technical conversation, organization of academics of Technical Writing, Asia-Pacific bankruptcy of the organization for the development of Computing in schooling, Australasian Society for pcs in studying in Tertiary schooling, nationwide enterprise and profession schooling organization, the preferred tradition organization, American Businesswomen's organization, and organization for company verbal exchange. She is an affiliate fellow within the Society for Technical verbal exchange.

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Auckland, NZ: UNITEC Institute of Technology. Copyright © 2004, Idea Group Inc. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of Idea Group Inc. is prohibited. 29 30 PORTER Porter, L. R. (2001a). Instantaneous, empowering, and invisible: The world of online writing communities. Presentation before the Popular Culture of the South Conference, Jacksonville, FL. Porter, L. R. (2001b). Planning a community: The value of online learning communities in technical communication.

10 PORTER chats, bulletin board examples, and written documents linked to the course Web site or shown as full-text samples are typical ways that important course content is documented online. More visual means of communication, including whiteboard drawings, sometimes combined with chat sessions, and videoconferences, allow learners who like to use different media to work with non-print messages. Chat sessions are often required in online classes, so teachers and learners have at least some synchronous communication.

I maintain the course site or another Web site. I learn to use new software as it becomes available for learners and teachers. I keep up with Internet-related news, such as virus warnings, announcements of new services, and trends in technology. I participate in Internet-related workshops. I share Internet-related information with colleagues. I like working online. I encourage learners to take online courses because I believe in the benefits of online education and training. Copyright © 2004, Idea Group Inc.

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