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SWIRL

ABOUT SWIRL

SWIRL was launched in 2016 as a project of the Collaborative for Teaching Innovation. SWIRL introduces faculty from different disciplines to research-informed best practices around the teaching of writing, information literacy, and critical thinking. In SWIRL workshops, Faculty Learning Communities, and one-on-one consultations, faculty incorporate best practices and current research in the teaching of writing, information literacy, and critical thinking at the assignment- and course-level. The WRITE assignment design tool guides faculty in creating or revising effective research-based writing assignments.

SWIRL Team

SWIRL Team: Laura Doyle, Diana Morlang, Nicole Branch, Denise Krane, Julia Voss, and Chris Bachen

SWIRL Team

Guiding Principles

Equitable curricular design must make explicit the intersections of critical thinking, writing, and information literacy.

Guiding Principles

Faculty Development

The SWIRL team hosts faculty development workshops while also pursuing an active research agenda.

Faculty Development

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WRITE Assignment Design Tool

Many assignments require research, critical thinking, source evaluation, organization, and effective composition within a particular discipline or genre. The WRITE tool guides faculty through the process of designing or revising the most critical elements of an assignment, along with suggestions on how and when to support assignment expectations with classroom instruction or activities. Download and use the WRITE Assignment Design Tool.

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The WRITE Tool Spelled Out

Read more about the elements of the WRITE Assignment Design Tool and why they matter to student learning and how they apply to assignment design. Check out additional resources.