Technology and writing
One of the missions of the IWP is to help students become independent and confident writers. Also, we believe in the potential students have to become self-sufficient in utilizing the writing process. An approach to achieving this mission is through interactive online teaching supplements. Educational technology supplements for writing are a new concept, gaining in popularity. The supplements are aimed to refine students' current abilities via a medium that is comfortable and convenient in a tech-forward culture. With this in mind, they are aimed to support, not replace, discipline-specific writing instruction in the classroom.
The IWP has enlisted faculty from the English Department and the Franke College of Business to pilot Pearson Writer and Pearson MyWritingLab. The pilot program began in Fall 2013 and will continue into Spring 2014.
The IWP seeks student feedback in all our projects and programs to keep us focused on what works best for the student while remaining true to the university’s mission. Thusly, we are seeking student and faculty input from our participating pilot classes to assess the effectiveness of these new digital programs within an academic setting.
Our preliminary results are pending. We expect to have a respectable sample size and to provide feedback by Summer 2014.