WID Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why include writing in in my courses?

Writing helps students improve their critical thinking skills. In addition, it builds on communication skills to assist them in their discipline. Incorporating writing in your course will assist in student comprehension and ultimately set them up for success.

What makes a good writing assignment?

Good writing assignments start with a clearly defined objective. This objective should be tied to what you want the student to learn.

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Do I have to be an expert at grammar to assign writting?

Quite the contrary. Pointing out mechanical errors will be beneficial to the student; however, the intent is for the comprehension of the material to be the focal point of grading. When establishing a rubric for the assignment, limit mechanics/grammar to a low percentage. This will allow for you (and students) to focus on material and comprehension.

What is the difference between a "W" and a "WD" course?

"W" and "WID" courses are often interpreted as the same thing; however, there are key differences between these two. "W" courses are usually lower-level courses where writing is used as a tool to learn. "WID" courses are usually upper-level courses specific to the discipline of the course. "WID" courses are designed to be specific to a discipline to help students prepare for life in the industry by learning the format, information, sources, etc.