The Writing Excellence Initiative is pleased to announce the 2013 Elon Summer Institute on “Improving Student Writing and Learning in Any Course.”
The institute is open to all teaching faculty. However, space is limited. If the number of applicants exceeds capacity, selection will be made to achieve specific goals of the Writing Excellence Initiative, including broad participation of the university's programs.
Learn how to use writing to enhance your students’ mastery of course content and strengthen their communication abilities—without increasing your paper load. Novices will learn a lot, but so will faculty already experienced in creating and guiding students through writing assignments in their courses.
Topics include the following.
In May, you will create two new or revised writing assignments for a course you will teach in the fall. During fall semester, you will meet with the other workshop participants for three two-hour sessions to discuss your experiences with student writing that term.
In addition to using the assignments and strategies you develop in your own classes, we hope that you will share them with colleagues in your department and elsewhere at Elon. In addition, we hope you will prepare your assignments for submission to a collection of models for the university; if you do, you will receive a $500 stipend.
The Institute will provide you with new ideas, strategies and assignments you can put to immediate use in your classes, and the pleasure of sharing your ideas with great colleagues from across the university. So that you may enjoy these benefits, the Institute will ask you to invest significant amounts of energy and creativity, including participation in all sessions and completion of homework assignments for each day.
Dates: May 28 - 31.
Sessions: 8:30 am to 4:00.
Location: To be announced.
Homework: There will be a modest amount of reading before the first session, and there will be reading and writing homework for the other three sessions.
Participation: The Institute is designed to enable participants to steadily build their knowledge and writing assignments. Consequently, participants must attend all four days.
Nourishment for your body: Light breakfast available at 8:30, lunch, breaks.
Nourishment for your teaching soul: Supplied in abundance.
Email the following information to Edie Alexander.
May 20, midnight.
Please ask Paul Anderson, 6646.