Best practices:
Developing effective academic writing with students


Learners need strong writing skills in every subject they study and as a result, academic writing is an issue of concern for both students and lecturers. It is important therefore to focus on the writing process and the specific writing demands that are posing challenges. This workshop provides an opportunity to share common issues and to engage with effective strategies and ideas (e.g. developing an argument, logical sequencing, appropriate language and terminology).

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop you will have:

  • a better understanding of academic writing and the common challenges we all face as writers
  • a deeper awareness of the role of critical reading
  • explored the qualities of a good academic writer
  • the ability to support students in the development of a productive writing process
  • explored the characteristics of an academic paper
  • the ability to communicate to students how to write clear, well-structured academic assignments in an appropriate academic style and how to use appropirate language and terminology in an academic writing context
Who is this workshop suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for all academic staff and anyone involved in setting written assignments for students, as well as postgraduates and staff interested in effective strategies and techniques that can be applied to their own academic writing practice.

Links to DIT Institutional Objectives

This workshop is considered to support the following DIT institutional objectives:

  • Develop the curriculum
  • Develop and support teaching excellence
  • Develop key skills & competencies in students
  • Promote diversity of learning opportunities
Any pre-requisites / advance preparation required?

There are no pre-requisites for this workshop. However, in advance of this workshop it would be helpful if you could read "Essentials of Graduate Writing", available online from


Facilitated by?

This workshop is facilitated by Roisin Donnelly and Claire McDonnell of the DIT Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre, and Maria José Gonzalez, DIT Academic Writing Centre co-ordinator.

Other information

This 2 hour workshop can function as a standalone support session but also will provide a ‘taster’ for the CPD module "ACADEMIC WRITING & PUBLISHING (10 ects)"  Further details