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Writing Across the Curriculum Workshops

May 29 Workshop: Using Informal Writing to Help Students Learn

Sponsored by the Center for Writing Excellence

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013
  • 9:30 a.m.-noon
  • Location: CETL, Old Library 1142
  • Deadline to register: Wednesday, 15 May 2013
  • Honorarium upon completion: $50 per participant
  • Register online

Research has shown that integrating writing into disciplinary courses, at both the introductory and advanced levels, helps students master material, learn to integrate it effectively, and retain what they have been taught. Yet it can be difficult for instructors teaching large classes to integrate the type of writing we usually assign: the scholarly research essay. There's simply not enough time to read and grade that much!

There is a way out. In this collaborative faculty workshop, we will discuss and design strategies for integrating low-stakes and ungraded writing assignments into your syllabi. These assignments can help students engage with the material, gain experience with argumentation and use of evidence, and develop as critical thinkers. When used strategically, these assignments can help your students develop as writers without sacrificing instructional quality or spending endless hours grading.

We invite all instructional faculty—lecturers, tenure-track, and tenured—as well as those generally interested in acquiring new methods, to join us May 29 at 9:30 a.m. We are limited to 10 participants, so register now!

Questions? Contact Center for Writing Excellence Director Alan Benson.

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