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RW Burniske

Austin, Texas, United States


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R.W. "Buddy" Burniske’s teaching career, which began in the early ‘80s, has taken him to secondary schools and universities in Egypt, Ecuador, Malaysia and the USA. While teaching in Kuala Lumpur he initiated several global, telecollaborative learning projects, experimenting with the design of online learning activities that synthesize the humanities, networked computer technology and innovative pedagogy. In May 2001 he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where his experiences in the Division of Rhetoric and Composition’s Computer Writing and Research Lab nurtured his interest in online learning environments and informed the research for his dissertation, Fostering Exploratory Discourse in Global, Telecollaborative Learning Projects.

Burniske’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including Education Digest, English Journal, Phi Delta Kappan, Teacher , TEXT Technology , and the Journal of Online Learning as well as the anthologies Writing in an Electronic World (Addison-Wesley Longman, 2001); Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Educational Psychology (McGraw-Hill 2000), The Learning Highway: Smart Students and the ‘Net (Key Porter, 1998) and The Nearness of You: Students and Teachers Writing On-line (Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 1996). He is the author of Literacy in the CyberAge: Composing Ourselves Online, a handbook for teachers that introduces innovative classroom practices and argues for a more robust form of computer literacy (SkyLight Publishing, 2000). He is also the co-author of Breaking Down the Digital Walls: Learning to Teach in a Post-Modem World, which describes the challenges of telecollaborative learning from the perspective of classroom teachers (State University of New York Press, 2001).

Burniske currently serves as the Professional Development Coordinator of the World Links for Development (WorLD) program. While drawing upon his experience as both a classroom practitioner and researcher, this work has taken him to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America to teach educators in developing countries how to adapt instructional technology to meet the needs of diverse students and curricula.

Interests: Literary & juvenile fiction, educational non-fiction, travel

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • "Weekend Cowboys"
  • "South African Elections '94 Internet Project"
  • Nonfiction

  • "A Tale of Two Miracles"
  • "Great Expectations: Electronic Novellas in the Making
  • "Creating Dialogue:Teacher Response to Journal Writing"
  • Breaking Down the Digital Walls: Learning to Teach in a Post-Modem World
  • Literacy in the Cyberage: Composing Ourselves Online