Online AWD

Online Advanced Writing in the Disciplines has the same requirements and goals as regular AWD. It is conducted via Blackboard. Students who are on co-op may find this option particularly attractive, but any student may enroll in online AWD. Here are some things you might consider as you weigh this option:

  • Students must be self-motivated learners who have facility with online technologies.
  • The course is not self-paced—students must meet multiple deadlines each week.
  • The course will provide student with the same kind and level of feedback from instructor and peers as face-to-face versions.
  • The course requires more writing than regular AWD, because typically oral in-class work (e.g. class discussions) must be rendered in writing in online AWD.
  • Online AWD fulfills the AWD core requirement.

We encourage you to conduct the following self-assessment before enrolling in an online course.

Online Writing Course Self-Assessment Tool


Online writing courses are an effective and exciting way to advance your writing skills and meet core requirements on a more flexible schedule. While many students do well and enjoy participating in the online classroom, this type of course is not for everyone. To see if your learning style, technological abilities, and lifestyle make you an ideal fit for an online writing course, please read through the checklist below. If you find that many of the statements apply to you, the virtual classroom could be a good option.


Learning Style and Behavioral Profile
  • I learn best from reading and seeing information
  • I follow directions easily and I feel comfortable asking for clarifications when necessary
  • I have good time management skills and can plan ahead to meet deadlines
  • I am comfortable participating substantively in online peer discussions
  • I am able to work independently and on my own schedule to meet course expectations


Writing Ability
  • I consider my writing ability and basic grammar skills competent for the demands of an advanced writing course
  • I am comfortable having my writing visible to peers and receiving feedback from peers/instructor
  • I am comfortable revising work on my own
  • I am familiar with online research and finding sources


Technical Literacy
  • I have regular access to a computer and high-speed Internet
  • I am comfortable using MyNeu, Blackboard, MS Word, etc
  • I am comfortable attaching files, downloading/uploading documents and articles, creating and using PDFs, etc
  • I know how to create projects using Excel, PowerPoint, etc


Schedule Considerations
  • I have time to check e-mail and Discussion Board postings regularly
  • I am able to dedicate several hours a week to online coursework, despite work and/or other academic demands


Second-Language Learners
  • I have a strong grasp of basic English grammar rules and construction
  • I am comfortable reading/comprehending large amounts of material written in English
  • I am willing to revise my work multiple times, if necessary
  • I have adequate time to read, translate, and respond to peer posts
  • I am comfortable asking questions if I don’t understand certain terms or slang
  • I recognize that I may need to put in extra time and start assignments early