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Implementing A Web Based Tool To Improve Writing Education In Engineering

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Conference

2001 Annual Conference

Location

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Publication Date

June 24, 2001

Start Date

June 24, 2001

End Date

June 27, 2001

ISSN

2153-5965

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

6.557.1 - 6.557.11

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https://peer.asee.org/9355

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Macy Reynolds

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Joseph Untener

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Abstract

A new approach to writing education is being implemented in programs in the School of Engineering at the University of Dayton. This new approach required extensive, current resources for both students and faculty. The need for these common resources has been addressed through the use of the web-based material, developed in-house and available to faculty and students. This paper presents the role of the web in writing education and the development of such a resource. The web site discussed in this paper provides tools, help, structure, and evaluation of writing formats for some programs in the School of Engineering at the University of Dayton. The resources include department-specific formats and preferences, and also more general resources with links to further resources for writers. Web-based formats for writing technical documents may become a standard for instructors who are concerned about producing better documents. As the web site is just one tool used in a new approach to writing education, the overall approach to writing is presented in the paper as well. This approach resulted from employer input that engineering graduates often lack expertise in various forms of writing including correspondence, executive summaries, and design proposals. Requiring a separate technical writing course and then technical reports in a few others simply does not achieve the expectations of employers. The faculty determined that a more integrated four-year experience may yield better results, but it could not be implemented without common and current resources to use as a guide. The solution to this need has been met with the web-based tools as described in this paper.

Reynolds, M., & Untener, J. (2001, June), Implementing A Web Based Tool To Improve Writing Education In Engineering Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/9355

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