Strategies for Teaching and Assessing Writing in the Disciplines - FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY

Instructors: Dr. Tobi Jacobi

Dates: January 17 - February 16 (5 weeks) T/TH

Time: 9:30 - 10:50 AM

Location: Eddy Room 102


This short course supports the development in writing competency among undergraduates.  Integrating sound writing assignments and then evaluating and responding to student writing can accomplish two central goals—1) improving students’ comprehension of course content and 2) improving students’ proficiency in writing. We'll begin by considering the meaningful integration of both in-class and out-of-class writing tasks. We will discuss methods for supporting undergraduate efforts to write analytically and argumentatively as well as to synthesize textual sources, acknowledge outside sources, and integrate their own ideas.


Building on key theories in the teaching of writing, our conversations will address the central role of audience and purpose to a writer’s goals as well as the recursive nature of writing more generally and varying ways to support writers as they revise papers toward completion. This includes responding to student writing, holistic scoring, analytic rubrics and commentary, the place of grammar and mechanics in writing development and methods for detecting and preventing plagiarism.

 Note: This short course will fulfill 6 of the required workshops for the TILT Graduate Teaching Certificate