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Workshop Schedule

Fall 2016

Teaching Your Students to Write-to-Learn (in HSS Rm 306)  
Tuesday, September 6, 2:153:05 p.m. or Wednesday, September 7, 2:203:10 p.m. 

If you want to give your students more practice with writing but don’t want to take up too much class time to do it, this workshop is for you. We’ll discuss:   

  • The theory and pedagogy of writing-to-learn
  • How to help your students process course content through quick writing tasks
  • Ideas for getting students to want to write in your course
  • Ways to engage students in your lectures and course content through writing

Creating Effective Writing Assignments: (in HSS Rm 306)
  Friday, October 7, 10:10-11:00 a.m.

The Thursday workshop has been cancelled.

If your students seem to struggle with writing assignments and you want to help them succeed, then come to this workshop. We’ll talk about how to:

  • Craft assignments so you get what you want from your students
  • Help your students better understand your assignments
  • Learn how to prevent plagiarism
  • Create assignments that are interesting for your students to write, and interesting for you to read!

Strategies for Efficiently Grading Student Writing: Faster Response that Benefits You and Your Students (in HSS Rm 306) 
Tuesday, November 15, 9:3010:20 a.m. or Wednesday, November 16, 1:252:15 p.m. 

If you want to assign more writing, but aren’t sure how you’ll have time to grade it, then this workshop is for you. We’ll talk about:

  • Ungraded writing
  • Random grading
  • Rubrics and other types of feedback
  • Efficient methods of response

Spring 2016

Creating Effective Writing Assignments: (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall)
Monday, February 8, 11:15–12:05 a.m. or Tuesday, February 9, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

If your students seem to struggle with writing assignments and you want to help them succeed, then come to this workshop. We’ll talk about how to:

  • Craft assignments so you get what you want from your students
  • Help your students better understand your assignments
  • Learn how to prevent plagiarism
  • Create assignments that are interesting for your students to write, and interesting for you to read!

Getting More Bang for Your Buck: An Introduction to Writing To Learn (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall)
Monday, March 21, 2:30–3:20 p.m. or Tuesday, March 22, 12:30–1:20 p.m. 

In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to implement basic writing-to-learn pedagogies into any classroom.

Strategies for Efficiently Grading Student Writing: Faster Response that Benefits You and Your Students (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall) 
Wednesday, April 13, 10:10–11:00 a.m. or Thursday, April 14, 9:30–10:20 a.m. 

If you want to assign more writing, but aren’t sure how you’ll have time to grade it, then this workshop is for you. We’ll talk about:

  • Ungraded writing
  • Random grading
  • Rubrics and other types of feedback
  • Efficient methods of response

Fall 2015

Teaching Your Students to Write-to-Learn (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall)  
Monday, September 28, 12:20–1:10 p.m. or Tuesday, September 29, 12:30–1:20 p.m. 

If you want to give your students more practice with writing but don’t want to take up too much class time to do it, this workshop is for you. We’ll discuss:   

  • The theory and pedagogy of writing-to-learn
  • How to help your students process course content through quick writing tasks
  • Ideas for getting students to want to write in your course
  • Ways to engage students in your lectures and course content through writing

What's Grammar Got to Do With It? Teaching Writing Without a Red Pen
(in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall)  
Tuesday, October 20, 2:00–2:50 p.m. or Wednesday, October 21, 1:25–2:15 p.m. 

In this workshop, participants will learn ways to comment effectively on student writing and still respond productively without spending time editing and correcting grammar. We'll discuss

  • Why editing students’ papers doesn’t work
  • How to help students get sentence-level practice
  • Teaching students to prioritize higher-order concerns
  • How to respond to student writing so that they really listen

Strategies for Efficiently Grading Student Writing (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall) 
Wednesday, November 18, 10:10–11:00 a.m. or Thursday, November 19, 9:30–10:20 a.m. 

Guest co-presenter Pao-Ying Hsiao (Food and Nutrition) will demo Grademark, a tool that makes online grading a snap. We’ll also talk about: 

  • Ungraded writing
  • Random grading
  • Rubrics and other types of feedback
  • Efficient methods of response

Spring 2015

Introduction to Writing-to-Learn Pedagogy (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall) 
Tuesday, February 10, 11:00–11:50 a.m. or Wednesday, February 11, 12:20–1:10 p.m.

If you want to give your students more practice with writing, but don’t want to take up too much class time to do it, then come to this workshop. We’ll discuss:  

  • The theory and pedagogy of writing-to-learn
  • How to help your students process course content through quick writing tasks
  • Ideas for getting students to want to write in your course
  • Ways to engage students in your lectures and course content through writing

Teaching and Grading Writing in Larger Classes (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall)  
Wednesday, March 4, 2:30–3:20 p.m. or Thursday, March 5, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

If you have 50 or more students in your classes and can’t imagine how you’d teach or grade writing, then this workshop is for you. We’ll discuss:  

  • How to help your students process course content through quick writing tasks
  • Ungraded writing and random grading
  • Ways to engage students in your lectures and course content through writing
  • Rubrics and other efficient methods of response

Essay Exams: Writing Prompts for Student Success (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall) 
Tuesday, April 7, 2:00–2:50 p.m. or Wednesday, April 8, 10:10–11:00 a.m.

Join guest presenter, Dr. Rachel Sternfeld of the Political Science department and WAC Director, Bryna Siegel Finer, at this workshop on how to create better essay exam prompts. We’ll discuss:

  • Building writing process into examinations
  • Teaching writing through exam preparation
  • Improving clarity and focus of prompts
  • Objective macro-level scoring

Fall 2014

Introduction to Writing-to-Learn (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall)
Tuesday, September 9, 2:00–2:50 p.m. or Wednesday, September 10, 1:25–2:15 p.m.

If you want to give your students more practice with writing, but don’t want to take up too much class time to do it, then come to this workshop. We’ll discuss:

  • The theory and pedagogy of writing-to-learn
  • How to help your students process course content through quick writing tasks
  • Ideas for getting students to want to write in your course
  • Ways to engage students in your lectures and course content through writing

Strategies for Efficiently Grading Student Writing (in the Writing Center, 218 Eicher Hall)
Wednesday, October 8, 10:10–11:00 a.m. or Thursday, October 9, 2:00–2:50 p.m.

If you want to assign more writing, but aren’t sure how you’ll have time to grade it, then this workshop is for you. We’ll talk about:

  • Ungraded writing
  • Random grading
  • Rubrics and other types of feedback
  • Efficient methods of response

Spring 2014

Introduction to Writing To Learn (in HUB Conemaugh Room)
February 4, 11:00–11:50 a.m. or February 5, 9:05–9:55 a.m. (rescheduled for 2/12)

In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to implement basic writing-to-learn pedagogies into any classroom.

Approaching Plagiarism Positively (in HUB Conemaugh Room)
March 11, 9:30–10:25 a.m. or March 12, 1:25–2:15 p.m.

In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to motivate students not to plagiarize using positive (rather than punitive) means.

Efficient Grading Strategies (The Writing Center, Eicher Hall 218)
April 8, 11-11:50 a.m. or April 9, 2:15-3:05 p.m.

If you want to assign more writing, but aren’t sure how you’ll have time to grade it, then this workshop is for you. We’ll talk about:

  • Ungraded writing
  • Random grading
  • Rubrics and other types of feedback
  • Efficient methods of response

Fall 2013

Creating Effective Writing Assignments: 112 Leonard Hall
Wednesday, October 2, 10:10–11:00 a.m. or Tuesday, October 8, 2:00–2:50 p.m.

If your students seem to struggle with writing assignments and you want to help them succeed, then come to this workshop. We’ll talk about how to:

  • Craft assignments so you get what you want from your students
  • Help your students better understand your assignments
  • Learn how to prevent plagiarism
  • Create assignments that are interesting for your students to write, and interesting for you to read!

Strategies for Efficiently Grading Student Writing: 112 Leonard Hall
Wednesday, November 20, 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m. or Thursday, November 21, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

If you want to assign more writing but aren’t sure how you’ll have time to grade it, then this workshop is for you. We’ll talk about:

  • Ungraded writing
  • Random grading
  • Rubrics and other types of feedback
  • Efficient methods of response
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
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