To encourage teachers and students in the ECU English and Languages department to exchange ideas about matters related to our discipline.
Two more important questions:
We already have a list serv. Why do we need a website?
Need is too strong a word. But I know that I, for one, am more reluctant to send everyone in the department an e-mail account of my thoughts about a particular issue than I am to post a comment on a website that others might choose to check out if and when they have time and interest. I have also found that I like to clean out my e-mail box by either deleting or archiving messages as soon as I can. A website dedicated to an exchange of ideas won’t get mixed up with to-do lists or clutter up anyone’s mailbox.
Aren’t we all too busy to sustain any kind of conversation on such a website?
Maybe. But if this website leads to one thought-provoking discussion that wouldn’t have occurred without it, then I will declare it a success. And, as a matter of fact, it has already done that.