Select Education Resources for Writing, Communicating, and Teaching

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Strong communication and writing skills are an asset across STEM fields, for both those teaching and learning. And it’s important to note that the majority of employers actively search for candidates with solid communication skills, particularly a track record of strong written communication. With the fall semester underway, this blog post highlights resources that will assist ATE community members and their students in honing a variety of valuable skills related to these topics. Do you have additional resources focused on teaching or communicating that you’d like to share with the ATE community?  We’d love to hear from you – email us at!

Work on your writing skills (even remotely) with Purdue OWL.

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has always been a highly regarded resource for educators and students. The timely addition of their Remote Teaching Resource Portal offers those engaged in remote instruction a handy tool. The section highlights a variety of internal and external writing resources for all age levels, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s “Teaching Resources for Writing Instructors” guide, which is geared towards college educators. Many of the other resources are aimed at K-12 educators, though adaptable to higher education settings. For example, the “Professional, Technical Writing” page provides guidance on producing reports, memorandum, and scientific papers. Want even more content from OWL? Check out their YouTube Channel.

Image of a person writing with a pen.

Image of a person writing with a pen.

Execute an effective essay with Harvard Writing Center: Strategies for Essay Writing.

The Harvard College Writing Center’s detailed collection on the essential elements of the scholarly essay provides a comprehensive outline of how to research, write, and edit an essay. Visitors may want to start with "How to Read an Assignment," and progress through the titled strategies before culminating with "Tips on Grammar, Punctuation, and Style." Each of the 18 sections contains helpful suggestions and strategies for essay writing, from writing a comparative analysis to creating an outline.

Confidently create citations with the NC State Citation Builder.

Correct citations build credibility with your audience, and this citation generator from North Carolina State’s University Library makes accuracy a breeze. The resource creates citations for various materials (books, websites, articles, and more) and in a variety of formats (APA, MLA, Chicago, and CSE/CBE). An easy-to-input form asks for necessary information and then generates a citation that can be copied and pasted into your document.

Tackle any teaching environment with Teaching Strategies for Fall 2020 Course Modalities.

Many educators are preparing for continued curriculum delivery changes, often with online components. This teaching support guide, created by University at Albany’s Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership, provides a variety of tips for a smooth transition. The guide organizes resources by class structure. For example, fully remote classrooms, hybrid models, and alternating-attendance courses each have their own section. Plus, it covers all of the bases, from effective lecture styles to maintaining academic integrity in remote environments.

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