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Helping college students “find their voice” as writers is challenging even without the isolation necessitated by the Pandemic. Shyness, lack of comfort with the subject matter, and fear of using the wrong word or phrase, can all keep students from expressing their ideas as fully as they, and we, would like. This can lead to non-completion or plagiarism of assignments If a student is also a non-native English speaker and/or has physical and/or cognitive difficulties, the situation can appear insurmountable. Building student writing thought by thought, line by line, paragraph by paragraph addresses the problem by allowing individuals to express ideas as they emerge while giving and receiving feedback in real time as documents and discussions develop while capturing the results. All lengths/genres of writing in all disciplines can utilize the practice. No additional equipment/expertise is needed beyond what instructors are already using.
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UNLV Office of Faculty Affairs
Online Learning; Writing; Student-driven Learning; Google; Webex; Zoom
Education | Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Altman, James, "Build It in the Chat: Using the Chat Function in Online Platforms to Facilitate and Improve Student Writing" (2021). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 126.
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