WID will offer two different workshops this year for the Spring Institute:
Tuesday, May 30 (Room 3F.3 – 9am-12.30pm, light breakfast included)
More Learning, Less Grading: Feedback Strategies that Improve Thinking and Writing will examine alternatives to traditional approaches to evaluation in writing intensive disciplines. Teachers care about improving student writing, but are sometimes perplexed at the mixed results they see, given all the time they invest in grading papers. Are there alternatives? This workshop will survey a variety of options, such as models-based feedback and specification or “contract” grading, and the support for them in the contemporary literature on effective assessment practices. Participants will leave with ideas and resources they can use in planning for next year’s courses. Enrollment is limited to 8 participants. Facilitator: Ian MacKenzie.
Wednesday May 31 (Room 3F.38 – 10am-3pm, lunch included)
Creating Online Writing Communities with Social Media and Blogs
Have you considered adding a Facebook or WordPress dimension to your courses? Have you stopped short because of the prospects of managing a social media profile that links you with students, or because of the learning curve involved in launching and running a course blog? In the morning, Julian Nemeth (Humanities) and Jeff Gandell (English) will lead a discussion of the significant gains in engagement and learning that are available by way of these popular social media and blogging platforms. By the end of the hands-on afternoon session, participants will have created a Facebook profile set up for educational purposes, or a WordPress blog organized effectively as a coursework learning environment.
Registration: Deadline Friday, May 26
To register for one or both workshops, just send a brief message to WID Director Ian MacKenzie.