Writing Fellows are students who were highly successful in the specific MWrite course the previous year (or term) and who were nominated by the faculty member who teaches the course. Those selected to be Writing Fellows are responsible for helping students understand the required prompts, peer review, and revision. They provide support with the automated peer review technology, and, in many cases, assist with research related to MWrite.
Writing Fellows provide support, both technical and human, to faculty who are implementing MWrite and to students who are being asked to respond to writing assignments (prompts), participate in peer review, and revise in response to feedback. The details of the position are determined by individual professors, but this list provides a general idea.
- Divide class list to create groups assigned to each Writing Fellow in a given course
- Email students assigned to you, introduce yourself and explain how you will support them
- Write in response to prompts, participate in peer review, and revise your initial draft so you can predict where students will encounter difficulties
- Visit class lecture or section(s) where you might be asked to do any one of these:
- Introduction: Appear briefly to introduce the Writing Fellows program, describe roles and responsibilities, and announce office hours as well as meeting location
- Peer Review: Discuss with the class how to engage in peer review and provide useful feedback based on a rubric as well as to demonstrate how to use the Canvas module for peer review
- Revision: Give a presentation about what constitutes revision and go over strategies for how to make meaningful revisions
- Hold office hours for students assigned to you, to address questions about the prompt, the rubric, the peer response technology, revision, and other issues
- Meet with faculty /GSI on a regular basis to discuss student progress
- Slack.com create a Slack account and participate with other Writing Fellows in discussions of issues and questions raised about implementing MWrite
- Retrieve and post prompts and rubrics on Canvas
- Monitor student completion of draft, peer review, and revision for each assignment; in some cases, assign points for quality of each
Writing 305, the one-credit course required of all Writing Fellows, provides support for the writing dimension, and a student’s prior achievement in the given course provides the necessary disciplinary expertise.