Academic Writing Practice

Duration 25 hours


In this Open Course, participants will explore academic writing, specifically writing processes for themselves and their students, and the integration of writing into teaching pedagogies across the disciplines.

The rationale for this badge is based on the following research-informed principles:

  • that writing is a unique mode of learning;
  • that writing is central to meaning making and understanding;
  • that awareness of writing processes is necessary for writerly development;
  • that our efforts are best placed supporting staff and students as writers, as opposed to ‘fixing texts’;
  • that considering one’s literacy narrative and identity as a writer is an iterative process which transfers beyond the boundaries of the classroom;
  • and that the integration of writing into in and out of class learning experiences is beneficial for students.

You’ll Learn to

  • reflect on your personal literacy journey primarily through the articulation of a literacy narrative;
  • examine and describe your own writing processes as they relate to academic writing;
  • explore the unique value, for you and your students, of developing and integrating writing to learn (WTL) and writing in the disciplines (WID);
  • experiment with various informal in-class writing activities as an essential component of writing to learn and reconceptualise the place of writing in your classroom/discipline.

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

  • Domain 1 The Self At the core of the domains is the centrality of ‘the Self’, recognising that the professional and personal values that the individual brings to their teaching are pivotal in their development as a teacher.
  • Domain 2 Professional Identity, Values and Development in Teaching and Learning focuses on the consideration of professional and/or disciplinary identity in given contexts. The domain supports critical reflection, recognising that an individual’s professional identity can change at different stages of their career.
  • Domain 4 Professional Knowledge and Skills ensures the individual remains current in terms of their professional/disciplinary knowledge and can implement teaching, learning and assessment approaches which promote active learning and are underpinned by a strong evidence base.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with:

Ide O Sullivan

University of Limerick

Alison Farrell

Maynooth University

Adeline Cooney

Maynooth University

Deirdre McClay

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Irene O’Dowd

Hibernia College

Maria-Jose Gonzalez

TU Dublin

The course team wish to acknowledge the contribution of Dr. Sharon Tighe-Mooney and Dr. Aoife Lenihan to the development of the course.

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Developer Materials (OER)

All materials generated during the development of this open course have been created (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence as open education resources (OER).

Individuals are free to use, share, repurpose, and remix this material. Materials may include face-to-face workshop materials and eLearning materials.

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