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Writing Groups

The video below, No One Writes Alone: Peer Review in the Classroom, A Guide For Students (6m 34s), demonstrates how students collaborate and provide feedback on drafts for one another. Watch the video, paying attention to the kind of feedback people give and how the authors respond to the feedback.

In this course, you will work in online writing groups, similar to those in the video, to collaborate by giving and receiving feedback on whatever you have written. Additionally, you will provide support and accountability by checking in on one another.

How You Will Work

You will write about whatever you are working on to your group in Slack, and then you will comment on the ideas of others in your group. Here are some things you might share in your writing group discussions:

  • Status/progress reports on what you are doing/have done.
  • Links to rough drafts of your projects.
  • Links to revisions of your projects.
  • Small chunks of your projects, if you want feedback on something very specific.
  • Success stories.
  • Challenges you encounter.
  • Questions that you have about your projects.

You can respond to your group members with any of the following:

  • Provide supportive feedback and advice, like that shown in the No One Writes Alone video.
  • Work together to solve any challenges or answer any questions.
  • Collaborate on projects (be sure to credit your helpers if someone provides significant input).
  • Plan for future conversations.

Posting Links to Your Drafts

Because of space limitations in Slack (5GB for over 80 people), you must post links to your drafts, rather than uploading your drafts to Slack itself. You can use any of the following to upload your draft:

  • Dropbox
  • Box
  • Google Docs
  • Canvas Discussions

Be sure that you set permissions so that your group members can open the file. Once you have uploaded your draft, share the link with your writing group. Warning: If you upload your draft directly to Slack, it will be deleted.

Tracking Your Work

General discussion of your projects as well as discussion of preparation, research, and ongoing work can be logged as writing group activities in your Participation Log. Posting drafts of your projects and giving feedback on the drafts of those in your group can be logged as peer review activities in your Participation Log.


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