Thinking Like a Writer
Michigan State University
Jul 1, 2013 to Aug 27, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Some of your work will be assessed by a content expert
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- Some of your work will be assessed by peers
- You will be expected to work with a group of other students
Full course description
This course revolves around the work of revising writing, learning, and engaging with language and community. In Act One, you will explore who you are as a learner as you write about yourself and your language use. In Act Two, you will consider who you are as a communicator as you critique texts, persuade audiences, and collaborate with others. We’ve designed this course to help you revise how you write and to help you collect a toolkit of effective reading, writing, and learning strategies. Each episode integrates academic and social contexts (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, ELI peer review application) to encourage a wide application of the skills you acquire during the course.
The skills you will practice in this course (like narration, summary, etc.) are fairly typical for writing classes at many U.S. universities; however our course focuses on you as a writer and thinker. Recognizing specific learning and communication practices and considering ways to employ them can make you more successful in future coursework—and in all communication.
Jeff Grabill, Ph.D.
Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Jeff Grabill is Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing and Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. He is a senior researcher with WIDE Research (Writing in Digital Environments). He is also a co-founder of Drawbridge LLC, an educational technology company. As a researcher, Grabill studies how digital writing is associated with citizenship and learning. He has published two books on community literacy and articles in journals like College Composition and Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, Computers and Composition, and English Education. He has won six awards for his scholarly publications.
Julie Lindquist, Ph.D.
Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Julie Lindquist is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at MSU, where she teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, linguistics, and literacy, and directs the First-Year Writing Program. She is author of A Place to Stand: Politics and Persuasion in a Working Class Bar (Oxford) and, with David Seitz, Elements of Literacy (Pearson). Her writings on rhetoric, class, literacy, and writing pedagogy have appeared in College Composition and Communication, College English, JAC, and Pedagogy, as well as in several edited collections. Lindquist is now at work, with MSU colleague Bump Halbritter, on a long-term research documentary project that inquires into the literacy practices of undergraduates across Michigan communities.