Composition Program: Learning Outcomes

In order to develop your workplace, civic, and personal communication skills, our composition courses prepare you to

  • learn to evaluate audience and select an appropriate genre and medium based on purpose on context,

  • use digital environments for production of texts, research, and collaboration,

  • think critically about sources through synthesis and analysis to determine effective integration of sources into writing projects,

  • engage in the writing processes and see the value of the social aspects of writing,

  • clearly and effectively communicate your ideas, and

  • attend to the surface features of writing, including documentation, identifying patterns of errors, and genre conventions.

These outcomes align with the learning outcomes for composition developed by The Writing Program Administrator Outcomes Statement (WPA OS), which are used by universities and colleges across the country. UALR employs the WPA OS for both course and programmatic learning outcomes. In response to the learning outcomes, the types of writing students will be asked to produce in composition courses include multimodal composition. Multimodal composition, according to Cynthia Selfe and Pamela Takayoshi, includes “Texts that exceed the alphabetic and may include still and moving images, animations, color, words, music and sound” (2007, p. 1). Multimodal composition supports the learning outcomes and students’ ability to develop transferrable skills for community and workplace writing. As a capstone project in composition, all students develop a digital course portfolio, or ePortfolio. Students are provided instruction throughout the course for constructing the ePortfolio. In the portfolio, students demonstrate their understanding of the programmatic learning outcomes, the WPA OS.