Writing-to-Learn in Large Courses

Many of the University of Michigan’s introductory or gateway courses have large enrollments, so writing has not been a major part of the learning experience in those classes. Yet, appropriately framed writing assignments can help students better learn the core content of these courses while also fostering critical thinking skills. Using technology that includes a peer review system and automatic text analysis, faculty members from the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts (LSA) and the College of Engineering, in conjunction with the Sweetland Writing Center, will be using M-Write II to integrate writing-to-learn pedagogies into five large introductory courses.

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