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Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) W Teaching Resources

How to use this site

Welcome to the W curriculum resource wiki for faculty, instructors, and TAs in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at SFU. The purpose of these pages is to provide you with:

  • information about the W curriculum requirements at SFU
  • guidance in creating your own W course proposal
  • examples of proposals, activities, assignments, and grading criteria
  • information about resources available to you including one-on-one help, workshops, and sample documents


The resources in this site are organized in terms of SFU's W course criteria; however, they are applicable to any instructor interested in incorporating writing activities into a course, whether or not it has a W designation. Each of the sections below covers one of the five W criteria, including an explanation of the criterion, resources and suggestions for in-class and/or online activities, sample activities, and tools to help you apply the criterion to your own course.


If you are interested in proposing a new W course at SFU, everything you need to begin the process is on the Getting Started page.


If you are part of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and would like consultation on proposing, designing, or teaching a W course, please feel free to contact:

  • Chantal Gibson, W Resources Coordinator for FAS, cgibsonb@sfu.ca, 778.782.7503
  • Stephanie Dayes, Instructional Designer for LIDC, stephanie_dayes@sfu.ca, 778.782.7458


Sections in this resource:

Getting Started on a W Course

Find out about W courses at SFU, including the 5 criteria of a W course, and how to write a proposal to get your W course approved.


Workshop Resources

A selection of presentation slides and hand-outs from workshops.


W Criterion #1: Writing to Learn

An explanation of criterion #1 and some resources, including:

  • creating low-stakes writing assignments
  • creating high-stakes writing assignments


W Criterion #2: Using Examples

An explanation of criterion #2 and some resources, including:

  • finding samples in your field
  • teaching through annotated samples


W Criterion #3: Giving Feedback

An explanation of criterion #3 and some resources, including:

  • writing assignment instructions
  • creating grading criteria and rubrics
  • defining instructor and TA roles
  • peer review


W Criterion #4: Facilitating Revisions

An explanation of criterion #4 and some resources, including:

  • directive vs facilitative feedback
  • scaffolding assignments


W Criterion #5: Planning your Course

An explanation of criterion #5 and some resources, including:

  • creating your syllabus
  • breaking down what you have