Be sure to explore the ECAS Teaching Exchange for a growing collection of resources
PACTThe Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is committed to fostering students’ abilities in writing, speaking, visual presentations, and multimedia communication by helping students become aware of four key components:
- Purpose: What exactly do I want to happen?
- Audience: Who is reading, listening, or viewing?
- Conventions: What is expected in this context?
- Trouble spots: What could get in the way of my goals?
- Building oral and written communication into your classroom (from the University of Delaware and the WAC Clearinghouse)
Teaching Large Classes. The Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University offers several strategies. See their advice for promoting student engagement in large classes.
Partner with the Writing Studio. In collaboration with Communication Studies, the Studio will soon include peer Speech Consultants to help students prepare for presentations.
- Fostering Effective Communication with Active Learning Strategies. Not all writing has to be evaluated. Explore ideas for informal in-class activities that promote student involvement--as well as longer assignments that develop writing abilities.
- Managing the Paper Load (with thanks to the University of Delaware)
- Partner with the Writing Studio. In addition to supporting student writers, the Writing Studio can provide class visits and feedback on an instructor's assignments.