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Workshops for Faculty Across the Curriculum

The Writing Program is offering  50-minute practical workshops to help professors across campus with student writing in their courses.  Each workshop, conducted online, will begin with a presentation of 15-20 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of conversation and specific questions from participants. Each will provide curated further resources. Each session will be limited to 15 participants to foster engagement.

Save a spot by using the link for the date and time that fits your need and schedule. More dates will be added if needed--along with additional workshop topics.

Effective Online Practices for Student Peer Review

An effective learning activity is having students read and discuss one another's work in progress. Deriving from the academic mainstay of peer review for scholarly submissions, classroom peer review sometimes involves judging quality. However, more often--and generally more effectively--peer review means providing feedback: What's working well? What's confusing or undeveloped? What revisions are available? The online environment can make things more complicated--but also open some options. This 50-minute workshop will provide useful ideas and strategies for incorporating peer review activities in online settings across the curriculum. Led by John Tiedemann and Blake Sanz.

Thursday, 10/22 1 pm
Wednesday, 10/28 2 pm

Responding to Writing and Grading Through Canvas (Using or Ignoring Canvas Tools)

Once upon a time, responding to and grading student writing was pretty straightforward: collect physical papers, jot marginal comments, provide a final comment, and insert a grade. Sure, there were issues of What To Say and How To Say It, as well as endless issues of faculty time. But the actual medium of responding was clear. Most of us haven't handled physical papers in years, but with everything online--and usually in Canvas--there are lots of questions. Do I use speed grader? How? Do I annotate papers? Do I download and use track changes, then re-upload? Do I use rubrics? How do I know students are reading my feedback? And, universally still, how am I commenting effectively and efficiently online? This 50-minute workshop will explain the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to responding to writing in online courses. Led by Geoff Stacks and Matt Hill.

Friday, 10/23 2 pm
Tuesday, 10/27 1 pm

Using Discussion Boards Effectively

Courses that take place significantly or entirely online have altered channels of exchange between students. One obvious solution has been discussion boards within Canvas. Many faculty have enjoyed considerable success with that feature. Yet many others wish the feature were more productive. Some students perceive discussion boards as "busy work." Many produce substandard contributions. Sometimes interactions among students are problematic or lacking. Atop everything is frequently the question from professors: "OK, what do I DO with the writing in these boards?" This 50-minute workshop will provide useful ideas and strategies for using discussion boards well. Led by LP Picard and David Riche

Friday, 10/30 11 am
Thursday, 11/5 4 pm

Past Workshops

Making Good Writing Assignments

Good assignments not only contribute to student learning but also save professors time and energy, especially in teaching, responding, and grading. You'll learn principles for making effective writing assignments, illustrated by examples of good ones--and of ones that foster hair-tearing: students and your own.

Times offered (click to reserve a spot)
Thursday, September 10, 11:00 am
Friday, September 11, noon
Wednesday, September 16, 10:00 am
Wednesday, September 23, 1:00 pm

Providing Feedback: Effectively, Efficiently

Probably nothing dismays professors more than the prospect of spending endless hours responding to or grading student writing--all the while worrying if they're doing any good.  This workshop will teach practical strategies for responding efficiently and effectively to student writing. More isn't necessarily better!
Times offered (click to reserve a spot)
Friday, September 11, 2:00 pm
Tuesday, September 15, 3:00 pm
Thursday, September 17, 4:00 pm
Friday, September 25, 10:00 am 

Using Informal Writings to Teach Course Content--Especially Online

How can you use short, often informal and low-stakes writing assignments to help teach your course content? One of the tenets of Writing Across the Curriculum is that writing is a mode of learning: it's a high-impact practice that actively engages students. Even better news? These writings require little of professors in terms of response time or energy. Learn some assignment types and strategies.
Times offered (click to reserve a spot)
Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 am
Tuesday, September 22, 11:00 am


Teaching Students to Use Sources Better

Students are often pretty good at drive-by citations: merely dropping in quotations or references without making productive use of them, sometimes integrating them poorly into the surrounding text. This quick workshop provides resources you can use with students to integrate through analysis, synthesis, and commentary.
Times offered (click to reserve a spot)
Thursday, September 24, 10:00 am
Friday, September 25, 11:00 am