Faculty Writing Instruction Workshop-Retreat
WIS sponsors an annual, multi-day event offered before the beginning of each academic year that offers faculty a chance to gain ideas and new practices on teaching and assessing writing, as well as a chance to work on their own course materials in the company of their collegues from across campus.
2013 Backwards by Design Working Retreat
Are you a WWU faculty member who teaches with writing or service-learning? If so, we invite you to participate in "Backwards by Design: A Working Retreat for Faculty Who Teach With Writing and/or Service-Learning."
The Center for Service-Learning and the Writing Instruction Support programs are partnering to provide a late summer professional development opportunity for faculty with two different tracks. One cohort of attendees will focus on strategies for integrating academic service-learning into their courses, while another cohort will focus on practices for enhancing writing instruction. As these two topics complement each other well, we are looking forward to the sharing and collaboration that will happen in and between both groups.
This three-day retreat will run Tuesday, August 27 through Thursday, August 29 at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center nestled in the woods and near the water in Anacortes. All expenses for travel, lodging, food, and materials are covered. An additional stipend will be available to participants who submit a brief follow-up survey identifying what specific ideas/practices they gained from the retreat followed by a brief write-up within the 2013-2014 academic year tracking the results of how those practices resulted in improved student learning.
Our theme Backwards by Design reflects the belief that “teaching is a means to an end. Having a clear goal helps us as educators focus our planning and guide purposeful action…” (Wiggins and McTighe). We envision where we want to end up and work backwards on how to get there.
- Create or transform a course through the integration of a service-learning and/or writing component;
- Gain best practices for teaching and learning;
- Form partnerships and supportive teaching and learning networks;
- Apply the “Backwards by Design” model to course planning;
- Learn how to prepare a course portfolio to document and enhance your learning results;
- Reflect, relax, and recharge through this interactive retreat, which will include dialogue, presentations, demonstrations, reflection, and time to work on your own course materials.
- Attend a 3-day working retreat at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes; sessions will be Tuesday, August 27th from 9:45am through Thursday, August 29th at 4:00pm.
- For additional stipend: submit a brief survey within one week of the retreat and a two-page write-up tracking results of the retreat on student learning within the 2013-2014 academic year.
Agenda of Topics:
- Day 1 - Design: Course portfolio and reflection, disciplinary concepts, course syllabus, evaluation schemes.
- Day 2 - Enactment: Course portfolio and reflection, creating assignments, building partnerships, engaging practices, disciplinary concepts, course syllabus, evaluation schemes.
- Day 3 - Results: Course portfolio and reflection, learning activities, Work samples.
Space is limited, so if you’re interested in the writing track, please pre-register pronto by emailing Shevell.Thibou@wwu.edu. For more details, contact WIS director Carmen Werder, who will facilitate the workshop, Carmen.Werder@wwu.edu, x7329.
Writing Faculty in the Learning Commons
Want to support your students doing researched-based writing? Consider scheduling office hours in the Library’s new Learning Commons so you can be on hand to guide and talk about their research while they’re doing it. To schedule a special Writing Instruction Support space in Wilson Library 265 just for you, contact Carmen Werder, Carmen.Werder@wwu.edu
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