Positively reviewed WI proposals help students to:
- think critically and include significant writing
- derive insights from selected readings
- focus on revision as a critical component of the learning process
- focus on scientific writing as a critical component of the learning process
- provide students with a variety of writing experiences
WI proposals that required revisions received suggestions like these:
- Please correct all typos, grammatical issues.
- Provide deadlines for specific writing tasks, such as when revised drafts are due, and when workshop sessions occur.
- List explicit requirements, writing assignments, and percentage of final grade.
- Include a cover letter or memo from your department chair, attesting to the worthiness of the proposal.
- Better match the course description with the syllabus.
- List on syllabus: approximately how many ‘xxx’ will be assigned and the percentage of the grade associated with these assignments.
- Will there be any in-class writing or peer-review? Will there be any other types of writing experiences?
- Clarify what you mean by completing the reports or drafts of the reports “to the instructor’s satisfaction.”
- Create discrete subject headings: “Course Background,” “Objectives,” and “Assignments,” and cut and pasted information under each category in a logically arranged manner.