As our understanding of what writing might entail increases, we find concurrently that we practice a more complex pedagogy. The following online materials are intended to support faculty in assigning and assessing student work in writing, speaking and working with visual imagery in courses across the curriculum.
- Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices/Council of Writing Program Administrators; incorporating critical sources; designing the research assignment; very usefully details the differing responsibilities of administrators, faculty and students in approaching the issues entailed therein.
- The Citation Project: a multi-institutional inquiry into issues of academic integrity and writing practices; an ongoing research project that has discovered that the ability to manage sources responsibility in fact depends upon the ability to read critically.
The Elements of Academic Writing
- Gordon Harvey, A Brief Guide to the Elements of the Academic Essay, Harvard Writing Project (2009)); used broadly throughout writing programs to establish a common vocabulary in which to describe the academic essay.
- Tom Deans, "Teaching Counter Argument" (2004); introduces a key element for students in understanding the academic essay as entering into a critical conversation.
Designing Writing Assignments
- ""Designing a Syllabus According to the Writing Assignments"; "reverse engineering" in course design to develop a viable writing pedagogy.
- "Designing Writing Assignments and Assignment Sequences", Katherine Gottschalk and Keith Hjortshoj, The Elements of Teaching Writing; brief but substantive discussion of issues entailed in the construction of a clear and intentional sequence of written assignments.
Designing Speaking Assignments
The following describe practices which both prepare students for oral presentations and help instructors to evaluate these presentations:
- Hilary Oakes, "Introducing Expectations for Oral Presentations: A 55-Minute Lesson Plan"
- Tyler Bradway, "Questions to Ask Yourself When Preparing an Oral Presentation"
- Barnard Speaking Fellows - Coaching Guidelines
- Daniela Kempf, "Public Speaking Coaching Tips"
- Matt Ruben, Assessment and Evaluation; contains materials for self-evaluation, peer evaluation, and instructors' evaluations.
Evaluating Student Writing
- Elizabeth Hodges, "Negotiating the Margins: Some Principles for Responding to Our Students' Writing, Some Strategies for Helping Students Read our Comments", Writing to Learn, ed. Mary Deane Sorcinelli and Peter Elbow (1997)
- Gordon Harvey, "Repetitive Strain: The Injuries of Responding to Student Writing"
Resources in Visual Literacy
- Visual Literacy; University of California Irvine; a guide to the incorporation of visual imagery in and as academic discourse (citing images; copyright; evaluating images, etc.).
Resources for Teaching Multilingual Speakers and Writers
- "Responding to the Sentence-Level Problems of ESL Students", Katherine Gottschalk and Keith Hjortshoj, The Elements of Teaching Writing; brief (one-page) but cogent strategies to engage with multilingual writing productively.
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The Writing Center - Tips on Teaching ESL Students
- ESL Writers; a guide written for peer tutors but equally of value to instructors in evaluating the written work of multilingual students.
- Mark Roberge - "Understanding and Supporting Multilingual Academic Language and Literacy Development": see particularly “Understanding students’ language and literacy backgrounds” (slides 8-20) and “Strategies for Working with Multilingual Students Across the Curriculum” (slides 28-36).
Resources for Teaching Writers with Disabilities
- The Haverford Office of Disabilities Services describes college policy as it engages students with disabilities. The link to Faculty Resources on that site includes descriptions of different categories of disability and best practices in teaching inclusively on the page Disabilities and Teaching Strategies.
- Teaching Students with Disabilities, at UC Berkeley, contains specific suggestions for teaching students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, chronic illness, ADHD, deafness, mobility impairments, and visual disabilities. This information will be of interest both to faculty members and to students with disabilities.
- The website of the Association of Higher Education and Disability includes a list of publications related to college students with disabilities.