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Designing Better Writing Assignments

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
11:15am – 1:10pm

Storrs Campus
ROWE 321

Some assessment we’ve done right here at UConn shows a strong correlation between the quality of instructor assignments with the quality of student writing–that is, better assignments can lead to better student writing. But what makes a good writing assignment? There is no single answer but there are some general principles for crafting assignments that productively steer students toward the kinds of intellectual work you want them to do. Join Tom Deans, Melissa Budgal and tutors from the Writing Center (who every day see writing assignments from across the disciplines, ranging in quality from excellent to puzzling). We encourage you to bring an assignment that you are using or the draft of an assignment you are considering using in the future.

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Stacey Valliere @486-2686

Institute for Teaching & Learning (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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