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Using Existing University Resources: Integration of the University Writing Center into a Senior-level Laboratory Series for Improved Learning Outcomes

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Teaching Professional Skills in Chemical Engineering

Tagged Division

Chemical Engineering

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8

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https://peer.asee.org/37992

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21

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Stephanie G. Wettstein Montana State University - Bozeman

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Stephanie Wettstein is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. She is associated with MEERC and has been the faculty advisor of the MSU SWE chapter since 2013.

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Jennifer R. Brown Montana State University - Bozeman

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Jennifer Brown is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Montana State University in Bozeman MT.

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Abstract

In this work, the lead instructors for fall and spring senior-level chemical engineering unit operations courses worked with the existing Writing Center (WC) on campus to develop assignments, rubrics, and activities targeted at specific technical communication skills. Writing assignments were redesigned to incorporate revision into the technical writing process based upon feedback at multiple levels including feedback from instructors, peers, and facilitated by WC tutors. In-class technical communication workshops were developed and given by WC staff, incorporation of in-class peer review and revision occurred, and undergraduate WC tutors were trained and assigned specifically to students in these courses to review the students technical writing documents. Faculty feedback was that the student reports were improved over previous years and that grading was more streamlined and uniform due to the improved rubrics.

Wettstein, S. G., & Brown, J. R. (2021, July), Using Existing University Resources: Integration of the University Writing Center into a Senior-level Laboratory Series for Improved Learning Outcomes Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37992

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