Introducing Students to Scientific Writing in E45 Lab Sections

by Rajan Kumar, Materials Science and Engineering Teaching Effectiveness Award Essay, 2016 In Spring 2015, I served as the GSI for Properties of Materials (E45), an introductory materials science and engineering course usually taken by freshmen and sophomore students. My primary responsibility for the course was to lead the lab Continue Reading >>

The Feedback Loop: When Less is More, and When More is Less

by Johann Koehler, Legal Studies (Home Department: Jurisprudence & Social Policy) Teaching Effectiveness Award Essay, 2016 Writing rarely improves without feedback. But even the most carefully prepared feedback, if offered a certain way, may remain unheeded. Take, for example, a common course structure: students endeavor to produce a long, meticulously Continue Reading >>

Sociology 190 Research Assignment

by Sarah Macdonald, Sociology Context Assignment 1: Paper Proposal Assignment 2: Literature Review Assignment 3: Abstract and Outline Assignment 4: Research Presentation Assignment 5: Final Paper Context Sociology 190 is a senior capstone course in which students engage in small seminar discussions of a particular topic. In my section of Continue Reading >>

Creating Writing Assignments

Many instructors struggle with crafting writing assignments that are accessible yet challenging for students. We suggest you consider the scale of the assignment — in terms of time, length, and scope — and the learning objectives of the assignment — what do you want your students to learn or show Continue Reading >>

Course Design for R&C

A methodical way to turn your course ideas into a well designed set of student learning objectives, activities, and assessments.

Writing in a Genre

Learn how to describe to students what is distinctive about the kinds of papers you will assign in your R&C course.

Assignment Design and Sequencing

Consider the length and complexity of the assignments you give, and sequence them so that students can build from lower-stakes to higher-stakes papers.

Review and Revision

Be clear about what “review” and “revise” mean, and give your students in-class practice with essay drafts.