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Focus on writing with two CTE workshops next week

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Find out how to get students writing in the Writing as a Learning Tool workshop on Monday, July 17, 1:30-3:30, then gain some techniques on how to give feedback on what they wrote in Improving Feedback on Written Assignments on Wednesday, July 19, 9:30-11:30. Join us for one or both of the workshops next week! Participants from all disciplines are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Writing as a Learning Tool (CTE055). Just how mighty is the pen? In this workshop, we will examine writing as a learning tool in classrooms across campus. In particular, this session offers ideas to instructors who wish to move beyond the term paper, the most common writing assignment in many disciplines, though not necessarily the most effective or efficient. It will also offer practical strategies for instructors who typically do not offer writing activities in their courses, but who are intrigued by the potential to implement writing as a learning tool, and consider the theoretical framework behind writing to learn.

Through a combination of interactive group discussions and exercises, we will consider a number of shorter writing activities which can easily be integrated into a variety of classrooms. Be sure to bring a pen to this workshop!

When? Monday, July 17, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Where? EV1 241

Facilitator: Meghan Riley (CTE)

Improving Feedback on Written Assignments (CTE245). Feedback on both short and lengthy written assignments plays a critical role in students' learning about disciplinary content as well as communication conventions. Yet, this mode of instruction often yields dissatisfaction from both students and instructors. In this workshop, we consider how to improve the effectiveness of written feedback to ensure that the time and effort instructors put into providing feedback fosters student learning. We identify challenges to providing feedback to students, define strategies for improving our approaches, and practice hands-on feedback techniques.

When? Wednesday, July 19, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Where? EV1 241

Facilitator: Tommy Mayberry (CTE)