Research & Design, Strategy, & Speaking

Process Writing Redesign

Case study of my redesign of process writing at the University of Minnesota. 

University of Minnesota: Process Writing Redesign


Professors were unhappy with the final projects being turned in by students, and students were unsure how to conduct research and write in a foreign or second language.

Experience map 

Experience map 


I developed a process writing workshop for the faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese based on a method I developed for students in my own classes. The focus for faculty was on how to empower and encourage students to take better ownership of their own writing and research. This process included using my background as a specialist in Second Language Acquisition to develop an experience map as well as a user journey map to show how the process would work. 


This workshop showed faculty how to do several things: 

  1. break down large projects into small, manageable chunks

  2. scale the timeline to promote success

  3. provide feedback at regular intervals

  4. allow students to discuss their projects and help one another flesh out their ideas. 

The implementation of this method in my own classes resulted in students taking more ownership of their writing, a less stressful writing process, and significantly better final papers, resulting in a vastly better experience for both students and faculty.  

User journey map