Writing-Integrated Course Design
The Writing-Integrated Course Design resource pages offer strategies for integrating writing more effectively into your course. See our guide on scalability for ways to gradually start integrating writing today.
What are Writing-Integrated Courses?
Writing-integrated courses...recognize that sophisticated college-level writing requires disciplinary defined critical thinking skills, as well as a good grasp of style and grammar.
A writing-integrated course “integrates” into its design a variety of writing exercises to increase student learning while at the same time preparing students to write better term papers or exams. Writing assignments in traditional classes are often assigned as supplements to the course—a paper or project completed outside class that in one way or another extends students’ classroom learning. Such projects can be effective for some students, particularly in advanced classes, but in many courses students may not yet know enough about the disciplines or content they are studying to complete these assignments well. Writing-integrated courses, by contrast, recognize that sophisticated college-level writing requires disciplinarily-defined critical thinking skills, as well as a good grasp of style and grammar. Writing-integrated courses often use informal or low-stakes writing exercises, in-class discussions of criteria for writing exercises, like peer review, and other resources and techniques to give students practice with underlying concepts before asking them to take on more formal written work.
CAS Writing Program Director John Webster, "Doing Writing Differently"
In this video, John Webster introduces the basics of writing-integrated course design to UW's School of Social Work.
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