October 17, 2005
Let your voice be heard! Tell us what you think about Writing at the University of Minnesota–-what's good? what's bad? what would it look like if it was the best in the world?
Tell us about your experiences writing at the U of Minnesota, your thoughts about what could be done better, or your best wild ideas about how to make Minnesota an outstanding example of good writing instruction.
October 19, 2005
Links to the U of M's Strategic Positioning Page
October 27, 2005
What's going well?
What do you think are the best things about writing instruction at the U of Minnesota? What have been your best experiences?
What could be improved?
How and when would you like to see writing instruction happen? What have you seen work well in other places?
October 28, 2005
1. What writing skills do you find most necessary for the employees that you
2. What's on your "wish list" of how you would like the U of M to prepare
your potential employees to write in your company?
October 29, 2005
We like to know who you are -- whether you're a student, employer, teacher, administator, etc., and what department you're in -- but if you'd rather be anonymous, that option is available as well. When you leave a comment, it's fine to put a pseudonym in the "Name" field and a fake email address like "firstname.lastname@example.org" in the email address field.
Also, feel free to write brief "literacy autobiographies" regarding your experiences taking/teaching writing at the U. Here are some questions to get you started:
1. What specific writing assignment (from a course at the U or elsewhere) taught you the most about writing? Describe the assignment in detail and your experience writing it.
2. Describe the ideal writing assignment (or course). What would be the criteria? What would be the objectives?
3. (For students) How do the expectations of writing teachers at the U match up with your level of preparedness? In other words, do you feel that your high school and/or community college writing courses prepared you well for writing courses at the U? Do writing teachers at the U expect too little of students? Too much?