Professional Communication (Articulation)
The ability to credibly communicate information is an expectation all colleges have for their graduates. To ensure WGU graduates possess this ability, most scoring rubrics contain an aspect labeled “Professional Communication” or “Articulation of Response.” This aspect is used to measure the skill with which a student presents the information required in each performance assessment.
There are five core characteristics of credible communication that are examined by the Professional Communication or Articulation of Response aspect:
How Are Student Submissions Evaluated for Professional Communication (Articulation) or Writing Concerns?
Marked-up Copies Identify Writing Concerns
Articulation evaluators provide specific, constructive comments directly within student submissions. The intent of this feedback model is to assist students and mentors in identifying the pattern of errors presented within a submission and make the revision process more straightforward.
A marked-up version of the student’s submission, uploaded within the evaluation, will be provided to the student. This document will be a copy of the student’s submission, with Professional Communication (Articulation) comments and links to the Guide to Academic Writing, to help guide students through the revision process. Students and mentors will access the marked-up document in Taskstream as an attached file located in the Evaluation Summary Section of the completed evaluation. Provided below is an example of a marked-up student submission, a screenshot of the location of the student’s submission file to be downloaded, as well as the overall comments left by the articulation evaluator.
Example of the mark-up document file attachment and overall comments:
Example of the mark-up comments and the Guide to Academic Writing links provided by the Articulation team:
The Professional Communication (Articulation) review is not meant to be a comprehensive review of every error within the submission, but it is intended to point out specific recurring challenges the student is facing. The feedback provided in the Professional Communication (Articulation) aspect will summarize the comments/mark-ups made in the submission, and advise the student to review the marked-up document for further detail.
WGU recommends, and highly encourages, students to schedule an appointment with a Writing Center mentor within the WGU Writing Center to improve their writing skills before resubmitting their work. Students are encouraged to schedule live appointments (rather than video appointments) with the WGU Writing Center to ensure they understand the writing concepts that are being presented. In addition, live appointments give students the ability to ask questions throughout the session. Several appointments with the WGU Writing Center may be needed to meet competency in the Professional Communication (Articulation) aspect.
Below is information on the WGU Writing Center and the Guide to Academic Writing:
Writing Center Website: The Writing Center can be found in the student portal on the Student Success tab.
The Guide to Academic Writing: The Guide to Academic Writing is our new Learning Resource where you can find information on any part of the writing process, including APA and (Professional Communication (Articulation).
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