Faculty development workshops are designed to engage the university teaching community on timely and relevant writing-related topics.
Spring Term 2020 Workshops
Dr. Kyle Altmann, Associate Professor, Dr. Benjamin Evans, Associate Professor, and Dr. Chris Richardson, Associate Professor, Department of Physics – “Teaching Students to Convey Complex Scientific Content to a Non-Expert Audience: Writing Letters Home”
Tuesday, February 18, 12:15-1:30pm, Belk Library 102 – In an effort to stress the importance of communicating scientific ideas to a lay audience, the physics department has been assigning “Letters Home” as a means for students to discuss their results from lab activities. In this style of lab write-up, the student writes a short letter about the experiment they performed and sends it to someone back home who does not have physics knowledge from the class. Students can choose to write to relatives, friends, favorite teachers, etc. They are asked to describe their experiment, their results, and the analysis clearly, yet briefly, and in an informal manner with analogies where possible and minimal jargon. The letter is actually emailed to the chosen recipient, with a CC: going to the professor.
In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the “Letters Home” assignment and the best practices in writing instruction that it incorporates (writing for a real audience, purpose and genre and providing a rubric for students to use in the writing process). We will ask participants to work through real examples of the assignment, in order to see how they could successfully use it in their own disciplinary classes. We will also discuss the value of this assignment in helping students to learn content and convey complex ideas to non-expert audiences. Lunch will be served, so please register.
Dr. Kim Epting, Associate Professor of Psychology and Dr. Erika Lopina, Assistant Professor of Psychology – “Removing Writing Blocks: Strategies for Promoting Transfer of Student Disciplinary Writing”
Tuesday, March 3, 12:15-1:30pm, Belk Library 102 – This workshop is appropriate for faculty from any discipline who would like to learn about specific strategies we’ve used to promote the transfer of writing skills/knowledge across multiple classes. Aiming to improve students’ writing skill transfer across courses. We worked together to align how we introduce and reinforce elements of psychology literature reviews, from one of our methods courses to one of our senior seminar courses. By using similar ways of describing how evidence in an introduction of an empirical paper works and by using similar peer review assignments that force students to attend to higher-order concerns over copy-editing, we built in multiple and extended exposures to these concepts. We will share quantitative and qualitative information that we collected to assess success of enhancing student writing improvement and will give participants time to brainstorm similar strategies for their own curriculum. Lunch will be served, so please register.
Dr. Li Li, Assistant Professor of English – “Teaching Information Design and Data Visualization in Writing Assignments”
Monday, April 20, 12:15-1:30pm, Belk Library 102 – This workshop is appropriate for faculty from any discipline who would like to incorporate information design or data visualization assignments into their class. No prior experience is necessary. In many different disciplines and professions, complex ideas are best conveyed through either stand-alone visuals or visuals integrated into other written genres. In this workshop, we will discuss best practices in information design and data visualizations, basic design principles, and a few tools for creating these visuals. Through hands-on activities, we will explore together ideas for integrating information/data visualization projects or activities into your classroom. Lunch will be served, so please register.
Fall Term 2019 Workshops
Dr. Ryan Johnson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy – “A Parallel Writing Apprenticeship: Faculty and Students Writing Together in a Senior Seminar”
Monday, September 16th, 12:15-1:30pm, Belk Library 102 – In this workshop I will share an experimental pedagogy I used in my senior seminar class, where students went through the process of writing a professional philosophy article alongside me as I went through the process of writing a professional philosophy book. This workshop will share the formulation and experience of using parallel writing apprenticeship model in the hopes of improving or developing it further. Lunch served so please register.
Dr. Jessie Moore, Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Professor of Professional Writing & Rhetoric – “Teaching for (Writing) Transfer Across the University: Building on What Students Know from First-Year through Graduation”
Wednesday, October 23rd, 12:15-1:30pm, Belk Library 102 – Writing matters. Students use writing both to learn and to demonstrate their learning, and employers are clamoring for stronger written communication abilities from college graduates. How can faculty across the university help students become better writers? This workshop explores strategies for designing or revising assignments to facilitate transfer by building on students’ prior learning about writing. Lunch served so please register.
Dr. Paula Rosinski, Professor of Professional Writing & Rhetoric and Director of Writing Across the University in the Center for Writing Excellence – “Strategies for Designing Multimodal Writing Assignments”
Monday, November 18, 12:15-1:30, Belk Library 102 – Writing is increasingly multimodal, including images, audio, film, and genres such as infographics, podcasts, and explainer videos are increasingly popular. This workshop will give a broad overview of how faculty might design multimodal writing assignments or assign multimodal genres to achieve learning and writing outcomes for different disciplines. Lunch served so please register.
Fall Term 2018 Workshops
Dr. Helen Sword, “Writing with Pleasure,” co-sponsored by the CWE & CATL
Th. Sept. 6, 2:30-4:30, Belk Pavilion 208. This evidence-based workshop will help you establish and maintain a productive writing practice by rediscovering the pleasures of writing. Please register.
Dr. Amanda Sturgill, “Simple Videos that Encourage Your Students to Use Feedback to Improve their Writing”
Th. Oct. 23, 12:15-1:30, Oaks Commons 212. See how feedback videos encourage students to engage with comments and let you track if they did. It doesn’t even take more time for you! Lunch will be served, so please register.
Dr. Karen Yokley and Dr. Paula Rosinski, “Teaching Writing and Writing-to-Learn in Math and other Quantitative Fields”
Mon. Nov. 12, 12:15-1:30, Oaks Commons 212. Dr. Yokley will share examples of teaching materials generated from her department’s work on the Writing Excellence Initiative (including writing in the discipline/profession and writing-to-learn materials). Dr. Rosinski will share additional activities and ways of using writing-to-learn in quantitative disciplines. Lunch will be served, so please register.
Spring Term 2018 Workshops
Summer Writing Institution Reunion, Mon. Feb. 19, 4-6pm, The Oak House. All past SWI participants are invited for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and casual conversations about the ways you’ve applied SWI ideas and integrated writing into your teaching. Please RSVP.
“Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation,” Mon. Feb. 26, 12:15-1:30. (Moseley 215). This session for Elon faculty/staff offers time-saving strategies for crafting compelling letters of recommendation. Focused especially on writing letters on behalf of students in high-stakes competitions, these strategies can also be transferred to other contexts (student graduate school references, P&T letters). Co-sponsored by National & International Fellowships, the Lumen Prize, and the CWE Register
“Writing as a Social Scientist,” (for faculty and students; you may register your entire class at once or yourself individually), Wed. Feb. 28, 4:15-5:15, snacks provided (Oaks 212). This workshop will teach students to write as a social scientist by reviewing common genres in the discipline, identifying typical writing features, and examining expected styles, etc. The intended audiences for this workshop include students taking classes in the social sciences, students majoring/minoring in a social science, and faculty who teach social science writing. Faculty are invited to encourage their students to attend and to build this workshop into their syllabi. Led by Dr. Laura Roselle, Political Science and Policy Studies and Dr. Kim Epting, Psychology. Register
“Teaching 2-Column Script Writing” Th. March 1, 12:15-1:30 (Moseley 215). This workshop will provide examples and materials for teaching 2-column script writing, a genre that fits well with video assignments. Led by Douglass Kass, Communications. Register
“Evaluating Visuals and Multimodal Writing,” Mon. March 12, 12:15-1:30 (Moseley 215). This workshop will share examples for evaluating visuals and multimodal texts like videos and podcasts. Led by Dr. Ben Hannam, Communications and Dr. Paula Rosinski, Professional Writing and Rhetoric. Register
Winter Term 2018 Workshops
“Designing Effective Writing Assignments & Giving Feedback/Grading in Moodle,” Tue. January 9, 11:45-1:00
Dr. Paula Rosinski, Professor, Professional Writing and Rhetoric and Sara Vanderpool, Instructional Technologist from TLT
Fall Term 2017 Workshops
“What keystroke-logging research tells us about student writing: An experimental psychologist’s view,” Wed. October 11, 12:15-1:30
Dr. Kim Epting, Assoc. Professor, Psychology
“Learning iMovie and Designing Video Assignments” (Part 1 of 2 workshops designed to encourage multimodal writing assignments), Wed. October 25, 12:15-1:30,
Writing Center Consultant and Dr. Paula Rosinski, Professor, Professional Writing and Rhetoric
“Teaching 2-Column Script Writing” (Part 2 of 2 workshops designed to encourage multimodal writing assignments), Wed. Nov 8, 12:15-1:30.
Prof. Douglass Kass, Assist. Professor, Communications
Previous CWE Workshops
3/10/2017 Writing a Bit More, Worrying a Bit Less
2/22/2017 Speed Teaching: Low-Stakes Writing Assignments
9/22/2016 Engaging teachers as readers: Responding to student writing Guest Workshop
7/24/2016 Writing Across the University: Best Practices in Writing Instruction
11/3/2015 Assessment Workshop
10/21/2015 Writing Excellence Initiative Info Session
10/17/2015 Writing Excellence Initiative Info Session
8/19/2015 Writing Excellence Initiative Orientation for Departments
7/15/2015 Eli Peer Review Demo
4/29/2015 Eli Peer Review Demo
4/15/2015 Multi-Modal/Posters Workshop
4/8/2015 Designing Effective Peer Response
3/31/2015 Assessment with Kim Fath
3/11/2015 Developing Effective Writing Assignments
3/5/2015 Multi-Modal/Posters Workshop
2/24/2015 Designing Effective Writing Assignments
11/18/2014 Peer Response
10/21/2014 Writing Excellence Initiative Info Session
10/1/2014 Providing Feedback
3/10/2014 Re-visioning Writing as Textual Thinking
3/4/2014 Professional Etiquette Presentation
11/14/2013 Using Writing in Winter Term Courses
11/6/2013 Using Writing in Winter Term Courses
9/12/2013 Authentic Writing Assignments
5/8/2013 Keys to making Peer Response Work
5/1/2013 Using Rubrics Effectively