If you teach a writing-intensive course, synchronous face-to-face time is best spent on feedback on student writing, either from the instructor or from peers. If you are making use of peer-review, consider using the Canvas peer-review assignment type, for those drafts. A writing-intensive course will also be shaped by your focus on the writing process, which will modify the specifics of each week.
For a writing-intensive course, we recommend this basic pattern:
|Week X: [this week’s topic]|
|What we are doing this week (text page)|
|Readings and Materials (links, page ranges, videos, etc.)|
|Writing Assignment (peer-reviewed, if using that mode)|
Instructor-presentations in a writing intensive course should touch on both the course topic and the writing process, so we recommend breaking any lectures into multiple, shorter than usual videos and embedding them on the Readings and Materials page. This arrangement of course elements will help to conceptually guide the students toward regarding the writing as their primary focus of activity.
If you are providing any readings in PDF format, consider adding it as a Perusall assignment, rather than simply linking to the file, so that students can share their annotations, reading notes, and questions with each other there.
Visit Canvas Commons to find a blank writing intensive template to import into your Canvas course.
To import a LSA Template into your Canas course:
View more detailed instructions on how to import a LSA Template into your Canvas course.
If you would like to consult with someone on the best way to use this template for your own course, contact the Learning and Teaching Technology Consultants at LSATechnologyServices@umich.edu.
For specific assistance in fulfilling or managing the requirements of a writing intensive course in an online or hybrid format, consider also consulting with the Sweetland Writing Center.