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.
Rationale for OWI Principle 5
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