Collaborate with Writing, Rhetoric, And Professional Communication
Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP) collaborates in a variety of ways with faculty and departments. The primary form of collaboration is team-teaching, in which lecturers from WRAP provide the writing and speaking instruction in communication-intensive (CI) subjects in departments across the Institute.
WRAP also consults with faculty and departments on developing communication instruction, whether in communication-intensive (CI) subjects, other types of subjects, or in stand-alone workshops for undergraduate or graduate students.
During IAP, WRAP runs a series of workshops for faculty and TAs on topics such as teaching debate, designing assignments, responding to student writing, and teaching visual literacy.
Departments or large subjects can also request workshops for TAs on teaching communication and responding to students, which are offered at many times throughout the semester.
To learn more or to arrange for collaboration, consultation, or a workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To request to teach with a Writing Advisor in a CI-H subject, please submit a proposal through our online form.
Develop a Communication-Intensive Subject
On this site, you’ll find information about how to:
Develop Communication Learning Objectives
- Consider how your CI subject fits into the Communication Requirement as a whole
- Draw from the research on how students learn to write
- Understand how communication is shaped by discipline
- Look for synergies between content and communication learning objectives
- Make the learning objectives explicit and measurable
Design Communication Assignments
- Assignment design principles
- Designing writing assignments
- Designing formal speaking assignments
- Designing informal speaking assignments
- Designing assignments to discourage plagiarism
- Advice on sequencing assignments
- Collaborate with WRAP lecturers on assignment design
Teach Communication Concepts in CI Subjects
- Teach genre and disciplinary methods with reading assignments
- Teach methods of disciplinary thinking through writing
- Teach methods of disciplinary thinking through speaking
- Foreground the writing and speaking practices in your discipline
- Teach students to use sources appropriately
- Integrate writing and speaking instruction throughout the semester
- Identify opportunities for reflection and transfer of communication
- Help students revise effectively
Provide Feedback to Students.
You’ll also find information on evaluating student writing and speaking performances, assessing student learning, and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction and assignments.
- Promoting learning and revision with comments
- Incorporating peer response
- Conferencing with students
- Suggestions for students who need more help
- Evaluating writing performance
- Evaluating oral performance
- Assessing assignments as well as student performance
- Techniques for responding to student writing
- Editing versus coaching
- Helping students improve sentence-level skills