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Teaching Writing: Ideas and Strategies
Help students become better writers
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February 14, 2019 02:17 PM PST

How can we help students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, understand how to create appropriate visuals to include in their documents? In this episode, I talk about research I've done with Chemical Engineering professors and with writing studies colleagues on the role of visuals in texts.

February 05, 2019 11:49 AM PST

In this episode we consider the concept of genre, as writing studies researchers have framed it, to think about the kinds of writing we assign to students and that we encounter at work. What does genre add to our understanding of what needs to be written that purpose and audience do not already tell us?

January 29, 2019 02:25 PM PST

In this episode I focus on purpose, both in academic and in professional writing contexts. The four main purposes for writing are to inform, to persuade, to deliberate, and to reflect. As instructors, we need to orient students to the purpose for their writing.

January 24, 2019 12:04 PM PST

This episode examines purposes for documents, and, in fact, other communication situations. What is the purpose of a document? Referential, expressive, and persuasive are three of the main purposes that documents serve. When we communicate with students, we need to be clear about the purpose their documents serve.

January 17, 2019 04:28 PM PST

Requiring students to write for different audiences is crucial for their development. In this podcast I review how audience is one of the three key characteristics of what Lloyd Bitzer termed "rhetorical situations."

January 11, 2019 11:41 AM PST

I taught my first writing class 38 years ago. What advice would I have given myself then based on what I know now? In this episode, I begin to explore that idea, examining audience, peer response, and grading rubrics as some of the first things that come to mind.

December 10, 2018 10:35 AM PST

In this episode, Roger Graves and Theresa Hyland talk about their 2017 edited volume, Writing Assignments Across University Disciplines, and the implications that research has for instructors, students, and university administrators.

November 29, 2018 11:51 AM PST

How can we assess the writing of our students in ways that are valid, reliable, and fair? In this 30 minute conversation with Dr. David Slomp, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Lethbridge and co-editor in chief of the journal, Assessing Writing, you'll find out how to create assessments that satisfy all three of these criteria.

November 22, 2018 02:19 PM PST

Writing academic articles well and quickly determines how successful you will be as an academic. This episode discusses three key features of articles: introductions, citations, and visuals.

November 07, 2018 09:22 AM PST

In this episode I discuss some ideas that writing instructors--and any instructor who teaches their students to write better--might include in their teaching philosophy statements. Topics include positions on grammar and language accuracy; grading criteria; and feedback on writing.

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