This committee is charged to:
Charge 1: Continue to identify, examine, and research online writing instruction (OWI) principles and effective strategies in online writing centers and in blended, hybrid, and distance-based writing classrooms, specifically composition classrooms but also including other college-writing or writing-intensive courses.
Charge 2: Continue to identify, examine, and research effective practices for using OWI specifically for English language learners, individuals with physical and/or learning disabilities, and students with socioeconomic challenges in coordination with related CCCC committees.
Charge 3: Maintain and update the Position Statement on the OWI Principles and Effective Practices.
Charge 4: In consultation with the Assessment Committee and other relevant groups, review and update the 2004 Position Statement “Teaching, Learning, and Assessing Writing in Digital Environments.”
Charge 5: Identify and/or create instructional and professional development materials and strategies to be posted on the Committee’s Web-based OWI Open Resource Webpage.
Charge 6: Provide the writing instructional community with access to information about OWI-specific faculty and program development that can assist with legitimizing online teaching for professional development, remuneration, and advancement purposes.
Charge 7: Share effective practices in OWI with the CCCC membership in various formats, including instructional workshops at CCCC conferences and events as well as other professional venues.
The Committee for Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction has worked for six years to research and draft a document addressing the foundational principles of OWI and example effective practices. That work is completed and the CCCC statement, A Position Statement of Principles and Example Effective Practices for Online Writing Instruction (OWI), is now available. The final document is designed to provide a major voice for the composition/English community in national and international conversations about online learning, particularly where writing is the object of the instruction. Although we believe the stated OWI Principles are firmly established, we consider the document to be a living, evolving piece to which additional example effective principles may be added. To this end, if you have any examples, questions, concerns, or if you would like to become involved with this group, please email co-chairs Beth Hewett and Scott Warnock.
The State-of-the-Art of OWI
Initial Report of the CCCC Committee for Best Practice in Online Writing Instruction (PDF), April 12, 2011
Fully Online Distance-Based Courses Survey Results
Hybrid/Blended Courses Survey Results
2009 CCCC Session Review
Read a review of the session we presented at the 2009 CCCC Convention titled "CCCC Committee Research into Best Practices for Online Writing Instruction (OWI)."
The CCCC Committee on Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction has gathered, reviewed, and annotated webtexts, articles, and books from 1980 through early 2008 that help us better understand those approaches and strategies that are most effective in OWI and compiled them into an annotated bibliography (pdf).