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Rethinking Writing Instruction in the Age of AI: A Universal Design for Learning Approach


Randy Laist



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About the Book

Writing is an invaluable academic skill, but, as writing expert Randy Laist points out, “it is also much more than that. It is a tool for thinking, a means of personal expression, and a vehicle of self-discovery.” Composition instructors have long been challenged to find effective ways of engaging and empowering student writers. In the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI), this challenge has become even more complicated, with too many students—and too many people in general—feeling shut out of writing.

In Rethinking Writing Instruction in the Age of AI, Laist offers composition instructors practical ways to address AI panic as well as insight into how to embrace it as an opportunity to strengthen writing and critical thinking skills. Further, Laist shows how Universal Design for Learning provides a framework that can help unpack the writing process and support instruction. This book offers numerous hands-on writing activities that are not only engaging but also “AI proof.”

Learn more by reading a PDF of the Introduction.

Rethinking Writing Instruction in the Age of AI is available in print (238 pages, ISBN: 9781943085101) and accessible EPUB (ISBN: 9781943085118) wherever books are sold.

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Praise for Rethinking Writing Instruction in the Age of AI

Randy Laist shares dozens of practical ideas that teachers can use immediately to supercharge their writing instruction. From sparking creativity in brainstorming to fine-tuning edits and revisions, this book offers actionable strategies for every stage of the writing process. He also sheds light on AI, demystifying it and highlighting how it can support and even elevate teaching and learning. This is a valuable resource for educators looking to enhance their writing lessons in an era of AI. This book strikes the perfect balance between practicality and innovation!

Catlin Tucker, co-author of UDL and Blended Learning and The Shift to Student-Led


This book is impressively informative, exceptionally well written, deftly organized and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in presentation.

Midwest Book Review, May 2024


About the Author

Randy Laist, Ph.D., is a professor of English in the School of Applied Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Goodwin University, and he is the Chair of the English Department at the University of Bridgeport. Laist received his doctorate in American literature from the University of Connecticut. He has taught in middle schools, high schools, and colleges, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is also the co-editor of UDL University: Designing for Variability across the Postsecondary Curriculum.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Download Introduction as PDF)
  • Part 1: Theory: Universal Design for Writing
    • Engagement
    • Representation
    • Action and Expression
  • Part 2: Practice: UDL-Informed Writing Activities
    • Section 1: Building Community
    • Section 2: Inspiration and Brainstorming
    • Section 3: Research
    • Section 4: Outlining
    • Section 5: Drafting
    • Section 6: Revision
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix: UDL Guidelines
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Author
  • About the Contributors

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