The Writing@CSU Web site, and in particular its Writing Studio, is our attempt to create an instructional writing environment -- a place where students and teachers can write and learn about writing on the Web -- that is similar to the best types of writing classrooms. We think writing is best learned when it is an activity during class, rather than simply an object of study. In short, we think writing classrooms are most effective when they resemble something like an art studio class.
In the same way that an art teacher can suggest that a student hold a brush in a different way -- and then see an immediate improvement in the student's painting -- writing teachers can suggest strategies and techniques that can have an immediate impact on student writing. Our studies have helped us see that students learn best when they can ask teachers and classmates for immediate feedback on their writing, when they can work on computers and access Web-based resources, and when they can have immediate access to information about how to write (whether that information comes in the form of quick tips from a teacher, detailed discussions with a teacher, a handy textbook, an online guide, a demonstration of how to do something, or some other form of instruction).
Writing@CSU is our attempt to capture some of the elements of a classroom that uses a studio approach. We hope that, as it develops, we'll be able to provide writers with writing tools, advice, information, and feedback that will help them become better writers.
With this vision in mind, tbe Writing Studio builds on resources we've created on Writing@CSU since 1992, including our writing guides, writing activities, writing collections, course management system, and links to other resources on the Web.
To help you as you write, the Writing Studio offers a personal online space where you can compose and save your work. Accounts are free and privacy is protected.
To support writing classes, the Writing Studio offers a course management system that includes most of the tools found in commercial systems -- as well as wikis, ePortfolios, blogs, and other tools that support the learning and teaching of writing.
To support writing groups, the Writing Studio offers a Wiki tool that incorporates calendar, discussion forum, blogging, and ePortfolio tools, as well as additional communication tools.
To help you share your work with others, the Writing Studio offers blogs, wikis, and ePortfolios -- as well as a robust course management system. The blogs, wikis, and ePortfolio tools can be used within courses or on their own, and you can decide whether to share them with others. Depending on your preferences, all of your work can be completely private (or at least as private as anything can be on the Web), shared with only a handful of others, or open to the world.
To help you learn to write, the Writing Studio and the larger #GetSiteInfo.SiteName# Web site provide access to the largest collection of Web-based resources for writers and writing teachers. Written by more than 300 contributors, these materials support instruction in a wide range of writing processes and genres.
Contribute to the Writing Studio: We're committed to sharing our work with as many writers and writing teachers as possible. If you'd like to contribute to our efforts, please contact Mike Palmquist at Mike.Palmquist@ColoState.edu or (970) 491-3132.