OWI Principle 5: Online writing teachers should retain reasonable control over their own content and/or techniques for conveying, teaching, and assessing their students’ writing in their OWCs.
Effective Practice 5.1: Writing program course curriculum guidelines should account for any current or expected OWI. Teachers regularly should be informed of significant changes and relevant updates.
Effective Practice 5.2: OWI teachers should have flexibility in making necessary accommodations for students with physical, learning, multilingual, or socioeconomic challenges.
Effective Practice 5.3: OWI teachers should have flexibility in choosing the subject matter and focus of the OWC course content.
Effective Practice 5.4: OWI teachers should have flexibility in assignment specifics when the genre, length, and subject matter already are selected by the unit.
Effective Practice 5.5: OWI teachers should have flexibility in adding relevant support materials to enhance the engagement of students and to keep the course current.
Effective Practice 5.6: OWI teachers should have flexibility in engaging individual styles of communication to meet both teachers’ and particular students’ needs for interpersonal contact.
Effective Practice 5.7: OWI teachers should have flexibility in grading or assessment style including whether to grade online discussions and writing drafts formally and whether to use letter, numerical, or portfolio grades.