What is college (level) writing?


Often, student and faculty ideas about writing at the college level differ drastically. There are a lot of different views about what makes a piece of writing worthy of being called college-level. For some readers, integration of source material into a paper is a benchmark of college-level writing. Others are looking for a demonstration of critical thinking and innovation. Still others believe a tenet of college-level writing is a mastery of rules of punctuation and grammar. Faculty members' expectations for student writing can vary substantially, which can lead to students becoming frustrated when their method of writing seemed fine for one professor and is considered subpar by another.

In this session from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in 10/12 Swanson Hall, we will discuss how faculty can help identify their own expectations in order to better communicate those expectations to students. From the creation of writing assignments to discussions of how the final written product will be graded, we will explore some ways that instructors who are not teachers of writing can talk to their students about college-level writing.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Friday, Oct. 5. Sessions are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate if you require a vegetarian meal. Series co-sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development and Writing Across the Curriculum.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, anne.kelsch@und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4233