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Writing to Learn

EDU 398W

Writing to Learn

EDU 398W

Course Description

Prerequisite: Open to all full and part-time faculty and by permission of instructor. Introduces theory and practice of "writing to learn," (WTL) including informal writing strategies to promote student response to lectures, readings, fieldwork, labs, discussions, etc.; rehearsal for other activities including discussions and formal writing; reflection on learning progress and problems; and dialogue with peers and instructor. Credit may be earned in ED 398 or EDU 398 but not both. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Know of the definitions and theory of WTL.

Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the definition of WTL (what it is and is not).
  • Develop an understanding of the theory of WTL (how it works).
  • Develop an understanding of WTL at Delta (history, examples, success)

Apply WTL strategies in current teaching.

Objectives:

  • Develop WTL strategies and apply them to one or more courses.
  • Reflect on value of the strategies.
  • Share reflections with peers and instructor.
  • Option: Mentor a peer not enrolled in the course to attempt WTL.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.