Session S58b (Wednesday, 2pm, Wartik 108)

P759: Teaching writing in a biochemistry and molecular biology major

Stephanie Dew (Centre College, USA)

The biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) major at Centre College has recently revamped the way that we teach writing to our students by designing writing assignments that escalate in difficulty as students progress through the major.  In order to be more deliberate about teaching writing, we have added required second drafts to most writing assignments, and have implemented required paper conferences in many classes.  In less than one year, we have seen great improvement in the quality of the papers we grade, and have received very positive feedback from student evaluations.  In this talk we will discuss what we have done in the past, the changes we have implemented, and what we plan to change in the future.


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