How To Design Writing Intensive Assignments. Workshop Purpose. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce faculty members to some of the foundation issues associated with designing assignments for writing intensive courses.
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The purpose of this workshop is to introduce faculty members to some of the foundation issues associated with designing assignments for writing intensive courses.
With participants’ assistance, we will try to identify course specific assignments during the workshop and ensuing discussion.
What is the purpose of the assignment? Do you want students to:
The instructor can share information to help students identify and learn who are typical audience groups in the discipline. The instructor can also help students learn about the various needs and expectations of these different audience groups.
Doing so can help students better understand what forms of writing are appropriate and why.
Do you want students to achieve practice and improved information literacy because they have to incorporate information from multiple credible sources and correctly cite information?
Do you want students to be able to identify relevant information and correctly quote, summarize, or paraphrase this information?
Do you want students to know the difference between a peer reviewed article and a general periodical article?
If students perceive or attach value to an assignment, they are more likely to be engaged.
Can the assignment be designed to reflect “real life” in terms or context students can relate to?
Example: Having students discuss and write about the textbook market, helps them to understand (if not appreciate) why their textbook costs as much as it does.
The instructor does not have to know everything. Call upon others with specialized knowledge who can complement your skill or content knowledge.
Example: UHH Librarians routinely visit classes and tailor research presentations to students. They can demonstrate library tools that students can use to organize and manage research material necessary to complete the assignment.
There is no such thing.
It is true that there are typical assignment forms, but some assignments are more appropriate in one discipline than others.
What follows are some suggestions. Consider adopting these assignments if these are appropriate to the discipline you teach in.
While the term paper (aka research paper) is a common assignment, it does not have to be the only writing assignment students work on.
If it is the typical assignment for the course/discipline, then consider doing the following:
As I work to build a UH-Hilo inventory of examples of Writing Intensive assignments, faculty are welcome to view the resources provided to members of the UH system on the Manoa Writing Program website:
Additionally, here are some Teacher Resource links to other detailed handouts and examples: