To help students become more prepared and confident academic writers as they develop an e-portfolio that fosters self-reflection and demonstrates progress in writing.
Use an electronic portfolio to develop and present themselves as writers
- develop a sense of audience and purpose.
- reflect on collected pieces of writing.
- integrate visual and textual composition.
- reflect on the connections between academic writing and co-curricular experiences.
Develop an effective writing process
- interpret writing assignments.
- explore methods of topic selection.
- learn organizational strategies.
- develop skills for finding and citing sources.
- provide and use feedback to improve drafts.
- practice revision and editing skills.
Develop arguments in writing
- practice various kinds of argumentation.
- practice thesis statement development.
- logically and coherently develop ideas within sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
- integrate textual evidence via effective quotation selection and paraphrase.
- understand principles of academic integrity.
Develop critical thinking and analytical reading skills
- annotate a text to identify its arguments, sub-arguments, and organizational strategy.
- develop analytical questions about a text.
- read, summarize, and respond to others’ arguments.
Develop study skills
- learn effective strategies for communicating with the instructor in conferences and via email.
- manage their time to meet deadlines.
- find and use campus resources (library, study table, writing center).
- participate effectively in class discussions.