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Writing assignments at university can be challenging for some students. The conventions (i.e., rules and expectations) of writing at university can seem different and daunting. The Interactive Rubric for Written Communication (IRWC) has been designed by School of Education staff to clarify some of the common conventions of academic writing. While a rubric can never fully capture the complexities of effective writing or replace the need for individual interpretations of effective writing, we hope that it provides some support for your writing journey at JCU. Click on the criteria on the left hand menu or the tabs at the top of the page to navigate to definitions, resources and examples to improve your academic writing.
This is the first version of the IRWC LibGuide so please feel free to provide feedback by completing the First Impressions Survey or Detailed Feedback Survey on the Feedback page.
The rubric contains seven colour-coded criteria for written communication:
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Each general criterion contains more specific sub-criteria. The criteria and sub-criteria of the IRWC are used to assess written communication against five general standards:
Finally, our hope is that staff and students will use the IRWC individually and collaboratively to:
You can navigate your way around the site by clicking on any criterion in the criteria bar (left of page) or in the drop-down tabs (top of page). Each criterion contains one or more key elements, including:
The IRWC logo, a rainbow spiral, symbolises two important points about the criteria for written communication:
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