Short Written Assignments: New ways to get students writing


McLennan Library Building Room MS-74, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA


Please note that this workshop is for instructors.

Integrating well-designed writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. Yet, many instructors shy away from giving their students writing assignments because of the extra workload required to mark them. During this workshop, we will provide guidelines for creating writing assignments that promote critical thinking without creating an overwhelming amount of grading for instructors. In addition, we will share descriptions of writing assignments from McGill courses in Faculties as diverse as Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, Law, Music, Engineering, and Science that may inspire you to craft a writing assignment for your students. You will have the opportunity to begin developing an assignment for one of your undergraduate courses and exchange feedback with peers.