Current research on Writing Across the Curriculum connects student learning with writing, and we have some excellent resources on problem-based writing instruction and assignment design for both longer out-of-class assignments and short in-class assignments. These resources can help connect the learning objectives of a course with goals for research, critical thinking, and writing.
Laurier Writing Centre Research
Garbati, J., MacDonald, K., Meaning, L., Samuels, B., & Scurr, C. (2015, September). Writing assignments and instruction at Ontario's publicly funded universities: A view from three disciplines. Toronto, ON: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
Garbati, J., Samuels, B., & Khimasia, T. (2014, February). Welcome to the Write Place: A reflection of our roles as writing instructors. Writing Research Across Borders III, Paris, France.
- Writing Assignments Across Undergraduate Courses - We are currently collaborating on a national research project investigating writing across the curriculum. Additional information can be found here.
- Graves, R., Hyland, T., & Samuels, B. (2010). Undergraduate writing assignments: An analysis of syllabi at one Canadian college. Written Communication, 27(3), 293-317. Available here.
We recently completed a study of student and faculty use of our online Assignment Planner. See the report here: Samuels, B., Misser, E., and McDonald, K. (in press). Writing Instruction Using an On-line Assignment Planner. HEQCO.
Recommended resources for faculty and graduate students - A list of writing resources specifically on teaching writing in all disciplines and on writing support for graduate students.
Recommended books for undergraduate students - A list of important books on academic writing for undergraduate students as well as books on writing in the disciplines.
Past newsletter: Writing Centre News 2012
Impact of technology at WLU. Interview with Emmy Misser and Boba Samuels. The Cord.
Better writer, better grades. Article by Gordon Davidson (Writing Tutor). The Cord.
External Research on Teaching Writing
“From Novice to Expert: Using Problem-Based Writing Assignments to Accelerate Students’ Growth as Disciplinary Thinkers and Writers” Developed by John Bean for the 2008 Annual Teaching Day at WLU.
“Designing Short, Low-Cost, Problem-Based Writing Assignments that Promote Inquiry, Active Learning, and, and Critical Thinking in the Classroom” Developed by John Bean for the 2008 Annual Teaching Day at WLU. This is a workshop on assignment design.
Bunn, M. (2013). Motivation and connection: Teaching reading (and writing) in the composition classroom. College Composition and Communication, 64(3), 496-516. Available here.
Academic Research and Professional Organizations
The Writing Lab Newsletter