Â© Comer, Clark, Canelas. This study aimed to evaluate how peer-to-peer interactions through writing impact student learning in introductory-level massive open online courses (MOOCs) across disciplines. This article presents the results of a qualitative coding analysis of peer-to-peer interactions in two introductory level MOOCs: English Composition I: Achieving Expertise and Introduction to Chemistry. Results indicate that peer-to-peer interactions in writing through the forums and through peer assessment enhance learner understanding, link to course learning objectives, and generally contribute positively to the learning environment. Moreover, because forum interactions and peer review occur in written form, our research contributes to open distance learning (ODL) scholarship by highlighting the importance of writing to learn as a significant pedagogical practice that should be encouraged more in MOOCs across disciplines.
Despite the otherwise rich multidisciplinary terrain of writing studies, the strategies most often used with first-year writing teacher teaching mentoring and support tend to remain discordantly anchored to a comparatively narrow version of writing pedagogy. I argue in this article that infusing a multidisciplinary dimension into first-year writing faculty teaching mentoring and support will enrich the ways faculty and students think, write, and talk about first-year writing. This article provides specific strategies for infusing multidisciplinary dimensions into first-year writing faculty teaching mentoring and support. Such a move is vital across nearly all contexts of first-year writing, not only where first-year writing has overtly multidisciplinary features, but also where first-year writing exists more firmly in English departments.