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Techniques to Combat Passivity, Deepen Knowledge, and Increase Recall

Presented by Ron Brooks and Emily Isaacs, Department of Writing Studies

“Writing to learn,” as the term was coined several decades ago, reminds us that there are two major types of writing that smart people employ. There’s writing that is reader-based, designed to instruct, persuade, or inform others. Then there’s writing that is writer-based, designed to help the writer advance his or her thinking and understanding. It’s this writer-based prose that is so valuable to deep learning, as all faculty who take notes, write in drafts, and test ideas in email and through other forms know. Using writing to learn has little to do with instructing students in writing better reader-focused papers, and everything to do with helping students learn more in any course they are taking.

Write to Learn Strategies – Word Doc

Workshop Slides – Power Point Doc