University of Vermont

Foundational Writing & Information Literacy


Assessment: How Are We Doing?

FWIL engages in community-driven, responsive assessment of the four FWIL learning goals to explore how we - as a teaching community - are doing in providing instruction and practice for each one. Every year, we focus on a different one, and we build methods that support our collaborative inquiry.

In 2017-18, FWIL's assessment focus will be on Critical Reading. Click here to see the 2017-2018 FWIL Critical Reading Fellows.

In 2016-17, FWIL's assessment focus was on Information Literacy. This also marked UVM's first large-scale assessment of a General Education area. Results were generally positive, while also indicating some specific areas for change and improvement. Click here for a recap and analysis of the results. Click here to see more about the Information Literacy assessment process as designed by the FWIL Committee.

In 2015-2016, supported by the Provost's office, FWIL conducted a pilot for International sections of ENGS1. Results were quite positive from the faculty perspective, with more mixed reactions from students. Click here for the final recommendation report, and click here to see the FWIL Multilingual Writing Fellows.

In 2012-2013, the First-Year Writing Advisory Committee conducted a thorough mixed-methods feasibility pilot for teaching Foundational Writing and Information Literacy through the multiple pathways of ENGS1, HCOL85, and TAP seminars. Their conclusion: yes, with some important caveats. Click here for more information on the FWIL pilot and the team who conducted it.

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