Online writing courses are an effective and exciting way to advance your writing skills and meet core requirements on a more flexible schedule. Students who are on co-op may find this option particularly attractive, but any student may enroll in online Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (AWD).
- Online AWD fulfills the AWD core requirement.
- Online sections often require more reading and writing than face-to-face sections because oral communication (e.g. lectures and class discussions) is rendered into written form.
- Online instructors will provide you with the same degree of feedback as in a face-to-face class. You’ll also be expected to give and receive writing feedback with your peers; some sections will require group work.
- Online AWD is not self-paced—you must meet multiple deadlines each week.
- Some online sections are available for speakers of other languages.
How well-suited are you for an online writing course? Online AWD is ideal for students who are self-motivated learners and comfortable with online technologies, but this type, of course, is not for everyone. Read through the self-assessment tool below. If you find that many of the statements apply to you, the virtual classroom could be a good option.
- I learn best from reading and seeing information
- I follow directions easily and I feel comfortable asking for clarifications when necessary
- I have good time management skills and can plan ahead to meet deadlines
- I am comfortable participating substantively in online peer discussions
- I am able to work independently and on my own schedule to meet course expectations
- I consider my writing ability and basic grammar skills competent for the demands of an advanced writing course
- I am comfortable having my writing visible to peers and receiving feedback from peers/instructor
- I am comfortable revising work on my own
- I am familiar with online research and finding sources
- I have regular access to a computer and high-speed Internet
- I am comfortable using MyNeu, Canvas, MS Word, etc
- I am comfortable attaching files, downloading/uploading documents and articles, creating and using PDFs, etc
- I know how to create projects using Excel, PowerPoint, etc
- I have time to check e-mail and Discussion Board postings regularly
- I am able to dedicate several hours a week to online coursework, despite work and/or other academic demands
- I am comfortable reading/comprehending large amounts of material written in English
- I am willing to revise my work multiple times, if necessary
- I have adequate time to read, translate, and respond to peer posts
- I am comfortable asking questions if I don’t understand certain terms or slang
- I recognize that I may need to put in extra time and start assignments early
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