Session S47b (Tuesday, 2pm, Osmond 101)

P539: Assessment of student writing

Scott Van Bramer, Loyd Bastin (Widener University, USA)

Effective written communication is an important goal for most chemistry programs.  This presentation will focus on how the chemistry department at Widener University developed a set of common expectations and then integrated these expectations into the curriculum.  The use of this shared language and grading criteria by faculty has created a learning environment where students understand that writing is an important part of their undergraduate experience.  This writing intensive framework allows students to achieve our desired writing outcomes.  However, creating this environment requires a lot of work and feedback to help students really develop their writing skills.  This presentation will also discuss how we redesigned our capstone chemistry course to engage students in the writing process and how that course has changed how we teach.

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