The interactive Essay is an assessment designed for use on a Higher Education course. It has its roots in a much richer application of thinking and creating, that of web authored tools and approaches.
The goal of the interactive Essay is to allow essay writers a much wider approach to their assessment writing. Rather than using only a word processor and writing for an audience of two or three, the Interactive Essay suggests using animation, video, hyperlinks and image/ sound/ to create.
While the usual route for an essay is to have a marker, a moderator and an external examiner the Interactive Essay allows for sharing with a wider range of interested parties. This might be sector experts, peers, academics and/or any other groups related to the subject. It gives an opportunity to write for a new audience and an additional set of skills in understanding what writing needs to do to engage an audience.
What is created may stay the same as with 'traditional' essays although when writing titles and questions it might be better to reflect that a wide range of approaches can be encountered and used to present.
This is a course that looks at some examples of Interactive Essays and some background to what can be produced and why. It will also provide a space to discuss your views and uses and any concerns.
I hope we can create a community that helps us develop the Interactive Essay as a positive means of engaging creatively with assignments.