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  • While transforming instruction to online delivery methods, educators cannot ignore the importance of teaching writers and writing skills for student success. In this chapter, two higher education writing instructors use their unique experiences and the challenges they faced during the COVID-19 shift in Spring 2020 to discuss strategies for teaching during a pandemic. The instructors discuss the challenges, opportunities, and creativity they utilized to ensure their students received high-quality, engaging writing instruction during unprecedented times. Specifically, they explore four themes and provide resources that encompass the experiences shifting their courses from face-to-face or hybrid to fully online: (1) re-envisioning courses for the virtual setting, (2) making teaching shifts, (3) assessing how the virtual setting helped or hindered teaching, and (4) reflecting on practices learned from the shift to plan future semesters. These themes and resources may inform higher education's virtual writing instructional practices.

author list (cited authors)

  • Zimmer, W. K., & Hodges, T. S.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Zimmer, Wendi K||Hodges, Tracey S

editor list (cited editors)

  • Amy W. Thornburg, .., Robert J. Ceglie, .., & Dixie F. Abernathy.

Book Title

  • Handbook of Research on Lessons Learned From Transitioning to Virtual Classrooms During a Pandemic

publication date

  • May 2021