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Creating a WBIS syllabus for the first time, or revamping an old one?  This page is full of information about creating a syllabus appropriate for first-year students.  For further information, contact Dr. Samantha Looker, Director of First-Year Writing in the Department of English.


The resources below are intended to aid WBIS instructors in crafting their courses, assignments, assessments, and syllabi.

Elements of a WBIS Syllabus provides detailed information for creating a first-year-student friendly syllabus for WBIS students.

Five Traits of Writing includes a rubric for evaluation, additional questions, and a rubric for self assessment.

The WBIS and ePortfolio Supplement document outlines the creation of your WBIS assignment that students will be required to reflect upon and upload to their ePortfolios, taking into consideration the Essential Learning Outcomes, WBIS Learning Outcomes, Signature Questions, and the overall USP portfolio process. It also includes a sample reflection assignment.

Information Literacy Resources for Quest Writing and Speaking Courses, compiled by librarian Ted Mulvey, provides information on what Polk can do for you, your students, and your classes to instruct students on information literacy.


In addition to their focus on the "Oral and Written Communication" category of the UW Oshkosh Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO), Quest Writing (WBIS) courses include learning outcomes, assignments and assessment for the Information Literacy ELO category.

Speaking and writing instructors may find the American Association of Colleges and Universities "Written Communication," "Oral Communication" and "Information Literacy" rubric useful in their course development and on-going dialogues.

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