Improving Student Writing: U-M Faculty Using Online Collaboration Tools

students working at a computerThere's no question that students' writing improves most when they have frequent opportunities for practice and feedback. But instructors sometimes struggle to find ways to provide those opportunities, especially in large courses. One method that many U-M instructors use to good effect is structured peer review. These three faculty members--featured in CRLT's recent Occasional Paper about Online Collaboration Tools (OCTs)--have made creative use of OCTs to facilitate collaborative writing as well as timely, frequent, low-stakes peer feedback:

The complete Occasional Paper highlights examples of U-M instructors using OCTs for a range of instructional purposes-- and outlines recommendations for integrating such tools effectively and efficiently. Read the whole paper here. For additional blog posts highlighting U-M instructors successfully utilizing OCTs in their teaching, click on the "OCTs" tag below.