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Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction (March 2016)

Committee Members

Diane Martinez, Co-Chair 
Scott Warnock, Co-Chair
Kevin DePew
Shareen Grogan
Heidi Skurat Harris
Beth Hewett
Mahli Xuan Mechenbier
Lisa Meloncon
Leslie Olsen
Sushil Oswal
Joanna Paull
Melody Pickle
Rich Rice
Shelley Rodrigo
Jason Snart

Committee Charge

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.

March 2015 Update

The CCCC Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction has launched the OWI Open Resource (OR). Through it, writing teachers can share specific teaching practices to help each other teach writing online. This follows from the publication of A Position Statement of Principles and Example Effective Practices for OWI in spring 2013. At the 2015 CCCC in Tampa, the Committee offered several opportunities for members of the writing instruction community, including a half-day pre-conference Wednesday workshop. Finally, the committee is nearly finished with a manuscript of a book based on OWI principles and effective practices (Foundational Practices for OWI), due to be published within the next few months by Parlor Press. In the future, the committee and its 33-person Expert Panel will engage in research into student expectations and experiences of both hybrid and fully online OWI as well as considerations of multilingual students in OWI settings.

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)."

Annotated Bibliography

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).

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Resources related to online writing instruction
Read Scott Warnock's book, "Teaching Writing Online"
Read Beth Hewett and Christa Ehmann Powers book Preparing Educators for Online Writing Instruction: Principles and Processes


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