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A three-day summer workshop will focus on ways to help students become better writers.

Better writing

Interactive workshop to help faculty improve their students' work


2:24 p.m., April 25, 2012--University of Delaware faculty members can register now for an interactive summer workshop designed to help them improve student writing without increasing their own grading load.

The workshop will be held from June 18-20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The deadline for registration is May 11.

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Participants in the “Improving Student Learning Through Writing” workshop will learn strategies to incorporate high-impact writing activities into their courses.

Each day’s session will include mini-presentations, discussions and time for faculty to work on a syllabus, lesson plans and writing assignments. By the workshop’s end, participants can expect to be better able to:

  • Improve student engagement and thinking while helping students write better;
  • Use quick, informal writing-to-learn activities that lessen the need for longer assignments;
  • Help students understand and write for a specific discipline;
  • Identify best practices in grammar and mechanics;
  • Harness strategies to efficiently and effectively respond to student writing and provide students with concrete and useful feedback;
  • Employ technology to support student writing;
  • Save time—not waste it—with strategies for grading student writing; and
  • Manage the paper load.

Mike McCamley, acting director of the University Writing Center who is facilitating the workshop with Christine Cucciarre, assistant professor of English, encouraged faculty members to attend.

“I hope faculty will come out of the workshop with new and exciting ideas about how to incorporate writing into their classes to enhance student learning and critical thinking," he said. "I find that working with faculty across campus ends up being a great deal of fun, and everyone ends up sharing great ideas by the end of the workshop.”

Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and all participants will receive copies of John Bean’s Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom

Space in the workshop is limited. To register, visit the Writing Center and navigate to “Faculty Resources – Faculty Workshops.”

Article by Andrea Muddiman

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