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The global literacy rate is around 85%, yet writing is a problem for a majority of students. If students are unable to write well and communicate in an appropriate fashion, not only will their educational prospects be limited, but their professional and job prospects as well. As educators, it is our responsibility and duty to help students to write well, and we can always use more tips to help in this ongoing endeavour to empower students as they master the written word.

Nearly every jurisdiction and every curricula at every grade has some learning outcome related to writing goals.  There are various "writing across the curriculum" goals, and it can sometimes be overwhelming. As educators, we know that the best way for students to improve their writing is by practising more and more. Yet, how many of us have time to provide feedback on a daily or weekly basis on student writing? What if we aren't the English teacher? Do we still have to help with writing outcomes? What other ways can we help students improve their writing, especially if we aren't the English teacher?

There are a number of excellent resources (and some not-so-excellent ones) out there about online learning and remote teaching that advises using video conferencing. There are ways to use videos to teach really well, and there are ways where using videos might not actually add too much to your teaching. In this blog, we quickly walk through some pros and cons of different video teaching methodologies and give some suggestions of when/how to use each type.

Educators are finding themselves asked not only to be experts in their fields, not only to care about teaching and learning, but also to (quite suddenly!) translate their expertise in the classroom into exciting and equitable online lessons and exams. It's a tall order. So we have some quick and dirty tricks to help educators with writing take-home exams, especially with essay or long-answer type questions.

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