Course Number:
WT 105
Transcript Title:
Writing for the Web
Aug 16, 2022
Aug 17, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:


IRW 115 or WR 115

Course Description

Examines elements of effective online writing and digital content design. Develops skills in grammar and proofreading. Introduces search engine optimization techniques, accessibility, copyright laws and open resources. Recommended: IRW 115 or WR 115. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of effective digital design elements
  2. Create digital content
  3. Apply knowledge of grammar conventions
  4. Apply knowledge of copyright laws 
  5. Use Open Resources to create digital documents

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: objective tests, scored assignments, or projects, class participation, quizzes, written observations, journal reflections, and written assignments

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

Outcome #1: Demonstrate knowledge of effective digital design elements
  • Digital design concepts
  • Audience awareness
  • Online reading behavior
  • Chunking
Outcome #2: Create digital content
  • User-controlled medium
  • Universal Design
Outcome #3: Apply knowledge of grammar conventions
  • Proofreading
  • Sentence Variation
  • Active Voice
Outcome #4: Apply knowledge of copyright laws 
  • Citing sources
Outcome #5: Use Open Resources to create digital documents
  • Creative Commons
  • Royalty-free content

Suggested Texts and Materials

  • Writing Space: Web Style Writing Guide, Matt Barton, et al. (OER Commons)
  • Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works, Janice Redish
  • Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose,Nicole Fenton