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Workshop Schedule

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
  • Leonard Hall, Room 209C
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2267