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What Can Students Gain from a Writing-Intensive Course

Resource Overview

Professor Miller discusses in this Commentary why she teaches Developmental Biology as a writing-intensive course. Miller explains that the writing-intensive format helps her to orient students away from memorizing facts toward a conceptual understanding of how researchers in the field acquire new knowledge.

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Insights

  • Begin course design by identifying what you want students to learn
  • Present writing as a means of teaching the reader, not of demonstrating what you know
  • Utilize a writing-intensive format to foster deeper learning

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