Writing Assignments :: Just Ask the Students

I love the philosophy of this Professor, Laurence Musgrove from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

Jobs, News and Views for All of Higher Education – Inside Higher Ed :: Just Ask the Students
“But I would also say that it’s important for us to understand that we get the students we get, and they come with a wide range of skills and attitudes and experiences in writing. It’s our job to help them continue to develop as writers and provide the right kinds of assignments and assessments that help them on that path.”

The rest of this article goes on to discuss the views of students on their rights in regards to writing assignments. He argues that thoughtful assignment creation helps students to be more successful writers. This ties in with my post from last week regarding plagiarism. A writing or research assignment that requires students to follow well defined steps, gives ample time and guidance for revision, and includes an assessment rubric goes a long way towards creating good writers. I’ve seen some very good examples of this when I’ve worked with students in our Composition Classes. I would add in that including the librarian in planning the research portion of the assignment and having the librarian co-teach the sessions when you talk about research is another great strategy.

Members of our campus community who would like more information or to schedule a consultation should contact our Instruction Coordinator, Courtney Bruch, at 549-2363.

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