In order to start integrating LRS Online into your own classroom, you’ll need to create your own account on LRS Online.
1) Go to groundsforargument.org/drupal. Click on the grey Create New Account button in the top right-hand corner of the page. From here, follow the directions to set up an account using your email address. Once you have created an account, you will receive a confirmation email. From this confirmation email, log back into LRS Online and you will be prompted to create a user name and password. Make sure you register under your real name; this makes it easier for us to service your account and for students to find and join your class group.
2) Once you've set up a basic account, you must request instructor privileges on the site. Instructor privileges allow you to form groups for your students to join, as well as access teacher's pages that are hidden from non-instructors. Request instructor privileges by e-mailing email@example.com. Please use the subject line "LRS Instructor Privileges," and make sure to mention your user name. You will receive an e-mail from us confirming that we've granted you instructor privileges.
3) Once you've been granted instructor privileges, log back into LRS Online to create groups for your students. You can do this from the Create a New Group tab on the right side of the main navigation page. We recommend creating a group for each of your classes; most instructors name their groups by section number. Your students can select the appropriate group once they've set up their accounts. (Remember: basic student accounts don't require the approval step, so as soon as students create their accounts they are ready to join a class group.) It's a good idea to tell students that their user names should include their first and last names. That way, you can easily identify students from their user names and monitor individual progress through the lessons.
Once all your students have joined your class group, your class is ready to begin to use LRS Online to support class learning.
LRS Online provides a suite of interactive lessons that introduce and explain discrete principles of effective writing. For the most part, teachers can select and sequence lessons to suit their preferences and their students’ needs, though in some cases, we have recommended a given sequence. Lessons are presented with the following consistent format.
In addition to the lessons, we also offer sidebars, checklists, and blueprints within each of our three main units of study. These are intended to serve as supplemental material to the lessons, providing additional information, helping students to see how the principles work in their own papers, and showing students how to put the principles they have learned into practice in very practical ways. Although these are designed to be used in addition to the LRS lessons, these brief pieces can also be assigned separately in order to help students draft essays, to provide extra support for those who are struggling, or to challenge those who are ready to see the principles applied in new contexts and ways.
LRS Online cannot replace the composition teacher or the writing classroom, and we have made no attempt to do either. Instead, this site is designed to be a flexible tool that can complement in-class writing work in one or several ways. Though we encourage teachers to continue thinking creatively about how this site can fulfill their specific needs, we suggest a few general ways that it can be integrated into the classroom.
Along with the basic lessons, LRS online provides students with a few other features designed to encourage interactive learning and facilitate the integration of the site into the classroom. Some of these features have already been incorporated into the site, while others are still being developed.