Online WAC Workshops
Writing Across the Curriculum practices can increase learning and reduce grading time in any class!
Workshops are asynchronous and available in the 5-day windows below.
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Successful Collaborative Projects
Asking students to create collaborative projects can increase student engagement and learning, but can also create serious challenges for instructors and teams. This workshop will help you design group projects that hold individual students accountable while building teams’ collaboration skills.
In about an hour, this asynchronous workshop will help you design group projects that hold individual students accountable while building teams’ collaboration skills.
Designing Effective Writing Prompts
Incorporating more writing into your courses is a high-impact way to deepen students’ understanding of your course content. Thoughtfully designed writing prompts can yield more focused, confident writing, which in turn can reduce grading time. After introducing some best practices in prompt writing, this workshop will guide faculty as they design a prompt for one assignment. This workshop consists of an asynchronous lecture, online resources, and a Q & A Discussion Board. All participants will receive feedback on their new prompts.
Authentic (and Potentially Publishable!) Writing Assignments, Part 1: Designing the Assignment
Through this asynchronous, Canvas-based workshop, faculty will learn about designing authentic writing assignments for students that mimic particular writing tasks for your discipline. The workshop will coach faculty on choosing an authentic, discipline-specific writing task and consulting real samples to build a rubric. Stay tuned for Part 2 which focuses on scaffolding student success on your assignments.
Teaching With Cases
(Lunch and Learn)
In this workshop we will discuss the case method as an effective way to increase student engagement in your class by integrating real-world problems. The informal discussion will cover resources and strategies to help students prepare to analyze a case and participate in case discussions. The case teaching approach helps faculty facilitate an active learning experience and use complex real-world problems as the focus.
Leading Effective Peer Reviews
The 2015 NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) indicated that students learned more from writing assignments when they received written or spoken feedback during the writing process. This workshop will introduce faculty to strategies for focusing and improving student peer reviews, which will add more quality feedback to your students’ writing processes. Students receive feedback on their writing before sending it to you, yielding higher quality papers and decreasing grading time. This workshop consists of an asynchronous lecture, online resources, and a Q & A Discussion Board. All participants will receive feedback on their new peer review sheets.
Using Writing to Learn in Any Class
Writing to Learn (WTL) activities typically include quick, informal, low-stakes writing tasks in which students consolidate their learning of a course’s content. Adding WTL activities to a class can improve student learning and writing, enrich class discussion, and allow faculty to quickly assess even large classes’ understanding of core concepts. Come to this workshop to learn five effective WTL activities all instructors can apply in their classes.
Learn five effective WTL activities all instructors can use to improve student learning, enrich discussions, and quickly assess students' understanding of core concepts.
Reduce Grading Time with Formative Feedback Strategies
Watch this video workshop to learn and practice research-based strategies for providing efficient, effective feedback on student writing. This workshop consists of an asynchronous lecture, online resources, and a Q & A Discussion Board.
Reduce Grading Time with Rubrics
This workshop will cut your grading time while increasing the amount, quality, and objectivity of your feedback. Learn how to design a writing rubric with which to quickly assess students’ writing. Different styles of rubrics that suit different types of faculty will be presented.
Cut grading time by designing different types of rubrics with which to quickly and consistently assess students--includes Speedgrader rubrics.
Experts' Notebooks: Increasing Course Writing; Reducing Grading Time
The “experts’ notebook” is a tool that increases student writing with minimal instructor labor. “Expert” forms of writing particular to individual disciplines—graphs, observations, analyses, illustrations, and evaluations—are all equally at home in such notebooks. Besides focusing students on your content, notebooks allow students to reflect on their progress and instructors to gauge their students’ successes and challenges quickly.
Learn an easy, organized way to decrease instructor labor while increasing student learning with "writing to learn."