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Info for Faculty

Working online with student writers

Many best face-to-face practices for assigning writing and working with student writers also apply to online settings. Some key practices don't. We'll populate this page with advice and resources geared to faculty who teach in content areas across campus.

Making Assignments

  • Consider making a few shorter assignments rather than a single long one.
  • Make your assignments more focused than you might in f2f settings. (Specify purpose, reader expectations, source materials, conventions, etc. Can you give the assignment as a single, specific question?)
  • Provide an annotated model or two of the target writing students are to produce.
  • For more information, please click here.

Facilitating Idea Generating and Organization

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  • Offer some questions to generate thinking.
  • Have students produce brainstorming, perhaps in online group spaces. Share some of your own brainstorming.
  • Provide an annotated model or two.
  • For more information, please click here.

 Peer Review and Encouraging Revision

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  • Guide students in reading and responding to their classmates' works in progress, using online spaces.
  • Make peer review more about describing and helping than about evaluating or judging.
  • Provide strategic quick comments on drafts.
  • Have students write process memos to you.
  • For more information, please click here.

Online Writing Resources for Students

(fleshed out resources will appear by March 23)
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (The Purdue OWL) has a complete writing handbook online. It has tips on grammar and style, writing conventions, and documentation, including MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style.Those resources are at Purdue Owl link.
  • For more information, please click here.

 Commenting and Grading

(fleshed out resources will appear by March 23)
  • Use minimal marking/response strategies.
  • Build smart and useful rubrics.
  • Share good student writing examples.
  • Use student process memos to open a quick dialogue.
  • For more information, please click here.

Open Access General Resources for Online Writing

A trove of resources exist about writing in online environments. We'll curate the best of them here.

Faculty Resources

The Writing Program supports faculty as they assign writing across campus, in FSEM, ASEM, and in the disciplines.

Anderson Academic Commons


Advising Resources for FSEM Faculty

Faculty Workshops

Teaching Resources for Writing Across the Curriculum

DU Multimodal Archive

Poster Printing

Advanced Seminar (ASEM) Overview

All undergraduates at the University of Denver are required to take an Advanced Seminar, an upper-level course capped at 15 students. Complete information about ASEM, including course proposal forms, is on the ASEM Portfolio.


While knowledge and professional skills found in a student's major and minor are important foundations for accomplishment, successful individuals also must be able to navigate a complex political, social, cultural and economic environment that challenges more traditionally limited concepts of higher education and competencies. To help students better understand the demands of contemporary life, instructors teach an advanced seminar based in their area of expertise and passion. The topic will be approached from multiple perspectives in a course designed for nonmajors. Studying in this setting, students demonstrate their ability to integrate different perspectives and synthesize diverse ideas through intensive writing on that topic. This course must be taken at the University of Denver. Students must complete all other common curriculum requirements before taking the Advanced Seminar.