The evolution of writing as a discipline

Students are writing more than ever before, but they’re still struggling deeply in college writing courses.

Reported by EdSurge, many universities report issues with students passing introductory writing courses. The problem? Students are likely writing more than ever before in the history of the world – but primarily in abbreviated form via social posts and texts, and they may not necessarily find the five-paragraph essay the best way to communicate their ideas.

Because today they are socially rewarded with “likes” for their humor, their brevity and their storytelling. And despite all this writing, they may lack experience writing for certain audiences, long-form writing, setting up arguments, and using research to defend their theses.

The takeaway? We must deconstruct the five-paragraph essay to help students understand the theory behind the technical requirements of certain types of communications.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.