Discussion: Introduction and Reflection
As you think of yourself becoming a scholarly writer, what kinds of things make you feel excited? What kinds of things make you uneasy?
Reminding yourself of your strengths as a writer can help you feel more confident, while tracking your challenges can help you improve. This semester youll have several opportunities to reflect on your writing and to collect resources and strategies to help in those areas you find challenging. By the end of the course, youll have a kind of writing toolkit to take with you as you continue improving.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review the materials on scholarly writing.
By Day 4
Post your initial 2-paragraph introduction and reflection. In the first paragraph, introduce yourself to your colleagues. In the second paragraph, answer the following questions:
What is scholarly writing?
Thinking of yourself as a scholar, what is one area you feel confident in? What is one area for improvement?
By Day 6
Respond to at least two colleagues by doing one of the following:
Connect on a personal level with your colleagues introduction
Provide an example that fits their definition of scholarly writing and explain why
Offer a specific resource, strategy, or tip to help with their improvement area
If you struggle in their area of confidence, describe what you find challenging and ask them for advice
Note: Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.
Submission and Grading Information
To access your rubric:
Week 1 Discussion Rubric
Post by Day 4 and Respond by Day 6