The mission of Higher Education Program is guided by the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). An important aspect of SoTL is the public sharing of one's ideas and research findings for their critique through public scrutiny. Writing and publishing is one way for this sharing and critique to occur. In preparing our graduates for this vital task, we have offered here useful writing resources.
The following Writing Guides are available. To view guides, click on the list of categories on the list below. You may view or hide descriptions of the guides.
These guides are the result of a joint effort of the Writing@CSU project and the Colorado State University Writing Center. Development of these guides began in 1993, when the original Online Writing Center was developed for campus use at Colorado State University. Several guides were developed in Asymmetrix Multimedia Toolbook and then migrated to the Web in 1996. Over the years, additional guides were developed and revised, reflecting the efforts of many writers and writing teachers. We thank them for their generosity. You can learn who developed a particular guide by clicking on the "contributors" link in that guide.
In 2012, the guides were moved into a content management system developed for the Writing@CSU site. Members of the staff in the Colorado State University Writing Center were among the group that migrated the guides to the new system. We are particularly grateful to Carrie Lamanna, Patricia Lincoln, Aubrey Johnson, Christina Shane, Jennifer Lawson, Karen Buntinas, and Ellen Palmquist for their efforts in migrating, editing, and updating the guides.
The Writing Center at Mason offers free writing support to students. Services provided include the following:
Taking it “Bird by Bird”
Tips for Writing Academic Papers in Graduate School
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Types of Feedback and Responses from Reviewers
Elbow, P. & Belanoff, P. (2010). Summary of kinds of responses. In W. Luttrell (Ed.), Qualitative educational research: Readings in reflexive methodology and transformative practice (pp. 481-484). New York: Routledge.
A vital part of the writing process is gaining feedback from others who will offer honest feedback. When asking others for feedback, writers should specify what type of feedback is desired. Below is a succinct listing of the types of feedback Elbow and Belanoff (2010) describe to be used with a reviewing partner.
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If you need editorial assistance with the dissertation process, please email our office for information about writing and editing resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.