WAC Speaker Series: "Writing-to-Learn Perks, Prompts, and Plans: How to integrate Writing to Facilitate Student Learning Efficiently and Effectively"

March 30th 

Time/Location: 6p-7:30p, Health Science Building rm. 2238 & Zoom

Rebecca Hillman MartiniRebecca Hallman Martini, PhD., Director of the University of Georgia Writing Center and Associate Professor of English

LindseyLindsey Harding, PhD., Director of the University of Georgia Franklin College Writing Intensive Program

Want to know what your students are thinking and learning and understanding in your class? Want to help your students know what they know? Writing can help! As a mode of learning, writing enables students to process information and concepts, make connections, and articulate their understanding. At the same time, writing-to-learn activities can give faculty crucial insights into student learning: the content they grasp and the sticky concepts they don’t. In this workshop, we'll explore writing to learn: what it is, why faculty across the curriculum should integrate it into their classes, and strategies to do so.

First, we’ll lay a foundation for writing to learn as an instructional practice based on decades of writing studies and related research. Next, we’ll share general writing-to-learn activities and a series of specific prompts that can be customized to your class and content, as well as feedback and assessment strategies to enable efficient and effective implementation of writing-to-learn activities. In small groups, participants will then work on adapting model assignments and discuss plans for curricular integration and assessment. Finally, participants will complete an action worksheet to finalize their writing-to-learn prompts and implementation plans. By the end of the session, participants will be ready to incorporate writing-to-learn activities into their classes to support student learning.

Registration for in-person and online

WAC Brown Bag Series: Bad Ideas About Writing - JSAC

This spring, join staff from the CWE for monthly discussions of selected chapters from Bad Ideas About Writing (2017)a collection of essays by editors Cheryl E. Ball and Drew M. Loewe. Each month, we will read two to three chapters from Bad Ideas About Writing (about 10-15 pages total) and enjoy spirited, friendly conversation about writing pedagogy. All faculty, staff, and students interested in the teaching of writing are welcome. Bad Ideas About Writing can be accessed for free at this link (https://textbooks.lib.wvu.edu/badideas/badideasaboutwriting-book.pdf). See the schedule below for dates, times, and topics.

Discussion 1: 1/25/2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM - JSAC Skinner Room 
"America is Facing a Literacy Crisis" by Jacob Babb (pp. 13-17)
"First-Year Composition Prepares Students for Academic Writing" by Tyler Branson (pp. 18-23)
"First-Year Composition Should Be Skipped" by Paul G. Cook (pp. 24-29)
Discussion 2: 2/22/2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM - JSAC Skinner Room
"There is One Correct Way of Writing and Speaking" by Anjali Pattanayak (82-88)
"Official American English is Best" by Steve Alvarez (pp. 93-98)
Discussion 3: 3/22/2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM - JSAC Markert Room
"Teaching Grammar Improves Writing" by Patricia A. Dunn (pp. 144-49)
"Grammar Should be Taught Separately as Rules to Learn" by Muriel Harris (pp. 155-62)
Discussion 4: 4/19/2023, 3:00 - 4:00 PM - JSAC Skinner Room
"Citing Sources is a Basic Skill Learned Early On" by Susanmarie Harrington (pp. 242-46)
"Plagiarism Deserves to be Punished" by Jennifer A. Mott-Smith (pp. 247-54)

Guidance on AI Text Generators

Association for Writing Across the Curriculum Statement on AI Text Generators

WAC Clearinghouse Resources for Teaching Writing with AI

Additional Readings and Resources on AI Text Generators (Erwin, 2023).


Center for Instructional Innovation's Podcast, Speaking of Higher Ed: Conversations On Teaching and Learning, "Episode 3: Chatting about AI in Higher Ed with [AU Center for Writing Excellence leaders] Drs. Bond and Garner" 

Speaking of Higher Ed... Podcast


Dayla Learning: Homeschooling the Humanities with Humanity AI Writing Series, "Part 1: Why are We Talking about This Now?" featuring AU Center for Writing Excellence director, Dr. Candis Bond

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