The Writing Center aims to support effective teaching of writing, reading, and public speaking at Amherst College. While writing associates are available for individual and small-group consultations, we have also developed materials to support pedadogical development. We welcome feedback on these guides and suggestions for new topics to address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you consider how to teach and respond to writing in a digital classroom, here are a few resources to guide you:
- Emergency Remote Writing Instruction, a simple infographic of advice and perspective on the current moment, by Kory Lawson Ching (Associate Director, Online Writing Instruction, UC Davis).
- Personal, Accessible, Responsive, Strategic: Resources and Strategies for Online Writing Instructors, an open-access e-book by Jessie Borgman and Casey McArdle, provides a deeper-dive into online writing pedagogy. Though the book was not written for the current moment, their chapter on responsiveness (chapter 3) gives concrete suggestions for engaging with student writing and organizing your time doing so.
- Teaching Online Write Now (University of Arizona) provides a large set of examples and assignment demonstrations for online writing assignments
- Teaching with Compassion and Focus (Susanmarie Harrington, Director of the University of Vermont’s Writing in the Disciplines Program) is a live, crowdsourced list of resources mostly focused on writing instruction across disciplines.
- Sara Webb-Sunderhaus (University of Miami of Ohio Writing Program) shares wisdom from experience teaching writing in online environments via Twitter.
For a wide-ranging list of resources about teaching during COVID-19 please see Teaching and Learning During COVID-19 and Disciplinary-based and Pedagogical Resources for Teaching Remotely during COVID-19.