Check out how other teachers are using Writing Commons to meet the needs of students in a variety school and workplace contexts. Share assignments, projects, and syllabi. Collaborate with us regarding how to respond strategically and creatively to the exigencies of modern life.

At Writing Commons, we value the intellectual work of teachers, academic inquiry, and academic freedom.

We understand many faculty in the U.S. are required by their institutions to develop their classes in course management systems such as Blackboard or Canvas. And, we recognize there are some advantages to course management tools. However, these systems undermine faculty members’ intellectual property: Faculty may invest significant time developing their courses yet be unable to access them at the end of the semester.

Course management tools facilitate teacher-to-student communication yet stifle teacher-to-teacher communications. They limit teacher’s opportunities to collaborate with others teaching similar courses.

Particularly now, during the exigencies of academia’s pandemic moment with a large-scale shift to online delivery, it’s important to share what we can, to understand how shifting intellectual property policies and practices constrain that sharing, and to work to find ways to subvert the exploitation of, especially, non-tenure track (contingent, adjunct, and graduate student) labor.

Current Courses

  1. Writing with Artificial Intelligence
  2. Research in Professional & Technical Communication
  3. Fake News, an Undergraduate Composition Course
  4. Professional Writing

Archived Courses

The Gates Foundation and Three Composition MOOCS

In 2013, Writing Commons was chosen as the required textbook for three independent MOOCs that were funded by the Gates Foundation.

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