CEID - Getting Started

Getting Started



The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William A. Ward   


Designing Your Course

Learning through Writing (LtW) is an instructional strategy aimed at improving student writing skills and to improve learning through the addition of informal and formal writing opportunities specific to a discipline. Such writing activities are intended to help students express their perceptions of reality as well as order and represent experience in their own understanding. This is therefore a unique way of knowing and as well as a tool for discovering, for shaping meaning, and for reaching understanding.

LtW, as a pedagogical advance, has been successfully applied across undergraduate curricula and disciplines, including engineering curricula. In this article, the reported outcome was in agreement with extant literature on the effectiveness of the LtW intervention. The author reported that LtW was successful in improving writing skills in the discipline and was also successful in improving the student learning process and outcomes. Specifically, all the participating students but one reported either that their writing improved and/or that the low-stakes assignments helped them better understand the lab material or electrical concepts.