References for Further Information
Sharp, J.E., Olds, B.M., Miller, R.L., and Dyrud, M.A. (1999).
Four Effective Writing Strategies for Engineering Classes. Journal
of Engineering Education, 88:1, 53-57
Abstract: This article, written by three technical communication
professors and one chemical engineering professor representing
three different universities, presents four proven strategies
for including effective writing assignments in engineering classes.
The strategies include using writing assignments to analyze job-related
Web searches and engineering job preparation, using peer editing
to revise assignments, using journals to learn to write and write
to learn, and using paper airplanes to teach how to write instructions.
Calibrated Peer Review
Peer Review (CPR) is a Web-based program that enables
frequent writing assignments even in large classes with limited
instructional resources. In fact, CPR can reduce the time an instructor
now spends reading and assessing student writing. CPR offers instructors
the choice of creating their own writing assignments or using
the rapidly expanding assignment library. Although CPR stems from
a science-based model, CPR has the exciting feature that it is
discipline independent and level independent. CPR funding has
been generously provided by the National
Science Foundation and by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.