If you’d like to spend some dedicated time enhancing the teaching of writing and learning in your courses for the next academic year, please consider registering for our 3 ½-day Summer Writing Institute and earn a $750 stipend for full participation. The SWI occurs every year, right after spring grades are due.

Summer 2020 dates are: Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29 (Tues-Thurs 8:30am-3:30pm, Fri. 8:30am-12noon); Belk Pavilion 208.  Please register.

The Institute is open to all full-time Elon faculty in all disciplines, and those who have attended previous SWIs are welcome to participate again this year! Dr. Paula Rosinski and Dr. Julia Bleakney adjust some of the topics each year according to your needs and questions.

The Institute will cover best practices in writing pedagogy and designing effective writing assignments for your discipline. After 3 ½ days of brief presentations on writing pedagogies, guest speakers, individual work and group peer-response, each participant will have at least two complete writing assignments ready to use during the next academic year

Topics covered will include:

  • How to use writing to increase student learning and achieve course goals
  • How to develop writing goals
  • How to design effective (formal and informal) writing assignments
  • How to design and integrate writing-to-learn activities to increase student learning
  • How to design aligned evaluation and grading instruments
  • How to grade more effectively and efficiently
  • How to design, integrate, and teach peer-response (including a demonstration of Eli, a peer-review software designed by writing teachers)
  • How to design and evaluate meaningful group assignments
  • How to use technologies to enhance student writing
  • How to discourage plagiarism

Participant quotes

  •  “I’ve never been a rubric/evaluation criteria person – now I will be!”
  •  “Peer-feedback is very helpful, especially those from people with different backgrounds.”
  • “I really liked thinking about ways to make the transfer of knowledge explicit.”
  • “I realized that the evaluation tools I used in the past were NOT good!”
  • “Getting collaborative feedback from other participants was THE MOST HELPFUL!”
  • “I learned quite a bit and I really feel like I’m walking away with actionable items.”
  • “I learned so much about rubrics, peer-feedback and making assignments. I didn’t realize how useful it is to have somebody from outside the discipline read over assignment directions.”
  • “Learned a lot about Microsoft Word’s hidden power! Citations!”