Practical ideas


This part of the website provides you with ideas, resources and case studies to help you develop your practice, whether you're designing a whole course or planning a class.

It draws on some key claims about how writing can be used as part of the way you teach and help students learn in your discipline:

  • You don’t have to ‘teach’ writing to use it for learning
  • Writing can help your students reach a range of learning ‘goals’; in particular it can help to develop them as thinkers
  • Writing can help to keep your students engaged with what you’re teaching
  • You can help your students improve as writers.

These ideas apply to all subject areas, not just those that ask students to write discursively, at length and for assessment. And since these ideas are largely about teaching rather than assessment, they can also apply to working with large groups of students.