You Are What You Write
This assignment examines the importance of written assignments in online learning.First reflect on the following:
In the book Assessment Strategies for the On-Line Class: From Theory to Practice (Anderson, Bauer, Speck), Robert Gray (2002) writes, “Students in on-line courses exist only in how they represent themselves through their writing…if there is no writing there is no classroom. The participants are what they write.”
Consider the following question – “What impressions are made through writing? What are the advantages and disadvantages to writing skills and writing decisions?”
Next read the following short articles from Carnegie Mellon: Eberly Center (2015) around offering and managing writing assignments as an instructor. Read these articles in order as they will help to build your understanding of writing in college and how to support student success in writing:
- Why are students coming into college poorly prepared to write? (Links to an external site.)
- How do I design effective writing assignments? (Links to an external site.)
- How can I incorporate writing in my course without feeling overwhelmed? (Links to an external site.)
- How can I effectively respond to student writing? (Links to an external site.)
- Preventing Plagiarism (Links to an external site.)
Writing your Reflection
Consider the types of supports, guidance, and feedback instructors can use to encourage academic writing in students. Also think about ways you can design curriculum, assignments and assessments that further build academic writing skills in students. Develop a reflection that addresses both instructor guidance and design of activities and assessments. Also discuss how technology can help to develop writing skills in students. Include examples to illustrate key points in all three of these areas. Include a response to the following prompts in a 3-4 page paper:
- Self-Representation in the Online Classrooms: What role do writing skills play in an online classroom when communicating who you are?
- Instructor Guidance: What type of recommendations, feedback and guidance can instructors provide when communicating to students about their writing?
- Designing Learning Content and Assessments: How would you design writing activities and assignments in a way that can help to reduce the chances of plagiarism and encourage students to develop their writing and critical thinking skills? What other supports can you put in place to help students present their work in a way that demonstrates academic writing?
- Technology to Support Writing in the Online Classroom. How can technology support student writing in the online classroom? Provide at least two examples of tools or technology strategies that can help students with their academic writing. Include a description and links to least two instructional technologies that can support student writing skills.
Your paper must be three to four pages in length (double-spaced, not including title and reference pages) and utilize APA formatting. It must cite at least three scholarly resources, Citations must be properly formatted in APA style.
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