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Teaching Writing: Ideas and Strategies
Help students become better writers
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April 30, 2019 10:00 AM PDT

Despite a recent news story
posted on CBC.ca, students have been buying essays for over 100 years--this is nothing new. New artificial intelligence software promises to make it even easier to produce an essay without writing one. What can instructors do about this age-old problem?

April 16, 2019 10:15 AM PDT

What software tools and applications exist that might help you, and your students, write better documents? In this episode of Teaching Writing, we review what tools are out there that might help with different aspects of the writing process.

March 14, 2019 04:11 PM PDT

How can we develop better graduate student writers? In this episode I discuss several strategies: mapping out a plan of development over the entire degree program; developing and using specific models of the genres students need to master in order to graduate; and four specific strategies to adopt right away.

March 07, 2019 04:56 PM PST

At the start of a recent workshop, I asked graduate student supervisors what they most wanted to know. In this podcast, I provide an edited version of my answers. How can your students write more efficiently in your lab? How can you give good feedback to the students? and what strategies might help English as an additional language students?

February 25, 2019 10:15 AM PST

In this episode I talk with Boba Samuels and Jordana Garbati, authors of the textbook Mastering Academic Writing. You'll hear about how their wealth of experience working with students in writing centres informed the way they wrote this book and the kinds of needs the book fills.

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."

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