The Ultimate Active Learning: Using Writing to Teach in any Discipline

Credit information: 1 unit (EPD 690)
Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: Course


Research has shown that, when students write more in a course, they learn course content more effectively and engage more deeply with the material. At UW–Madison, many faculty and instructors across the disciplines have taken up this approach by making writing central to their courses. But this approach only works when assignments are well designed and meaningful. Join the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program to learn how to use writing to promote students’ active learning, while maximizing your own time!

This “Expeditions in Learning” Delta course allows participants to consider the opportunities and challenges of this WAC pedagogy. Through a few course observations across campus, practical readings, and lively discussions, you’ll deepen your theoretical and practical foundation for helping students learn with writing. Participants in the course use what they learn to design a final writing assignment for a current course they are teaching or one that hope to teach in the future.

This will be a great addition to your teaching portfolio when you apply for a faculty position, and you’ll leave the course better equipped to use writing to teach and help students learn in any discipline.