Landscaping with indigenous species: How to replace quizzes, exams, term papers (non-native species) with species native to the research culture

Writing Symposium: Dr. Janet Giltrow at McGill University

WID Writing Fellows will be attending this keynote address by Janet Giltrow — if you are interested in joining us, contact Ian MacKenzie or Anne Thorpe for information on registration, or follow the link below.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Location: Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Rm. M1 (see map)
Registration required:  Click here for more info

It is commonplace to call for communication skills, and commonsense to think of writing as a skill, and then a teachable skill, and then to have a course. Writing courses are commonplace in curriculum across Canada. And people still call for communication skills. This talk suggests ways of setting aside the idea of writing as a skill, and introducing new terms to the talk about writing and curriculum. New terms open the prospect of distributing writing-related learning outcomes throughout the curriculum and doing so by cultivating the activities indigenous to research culture itself.

Café WID — Ped Day October 12 — 10.30-11.30 7A.6

Café WID is a “world café” session featuring Writing Fellows from departments across the college.  You’ll have an opportunity to browse 7 different discussions over the course of an hour, picking up some new, stimulating ideas on assignment design and critical thinking in the disciplines — and at each table you can refill your mug with some new and equally stimulating joe.

Presenters include Cheryl Simon (Cinema-Communications), Jeffrey Gandell (English), Andreas Tsatoumas (Electrical Technology), Lisa Steffen (History), Charles-Albert Ramsay (Economics), Kurt Holfeld (Interior Design), and Valerie Simmons (Professional Photography).

To register, visit the OID form for Ped Day at

For more info, contact Ian MacKenzie at imackenzie or x1313.


Reading Strategies for Effective Learning: A WID–Humanities Workshop

Helping students to read successfully at the college level — with understanding, insight, and engagement — is an ongoing challenge for teachers. Led by WID Writing Fellows, this two-part workshop will take place on Friday, September 28 and Friday Nov. 9, 2.30-4.30.  The meetings are an opportunity for Humanities faculty to discuss how to help students develop successful reading strategies. In the first meeting, we’ll address the challenges our students face when they confront diverse philosophical, theoretical and academic readings. Breaking into smaller groups, participants will then explore several approaches to teaching reading strategies, and discuss how these approaches might be adapted to an assigned reading in one of their courses. A second meeting later in the semester will be devoted to discussing results and further applications. Participants will have access to several resources and a discussion forum on the WID website at.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 26, 5 p.m.

To register: Send a brief message to Ben Lander —

For more information: Contact Anne Thorpe or Ian MacKenzie, — /

Meeting 1: Friday, September 28, 2.30-4.30 p.m. in 3F.37

A. Reading at the college level: Challenges and opportunities (30 mins.)

After the introductory half-hour, participants will work together in three smaller groups:

B. Breakout session 1 (30 mins.)

C. Breakout session 2 (30 mins.)

D. Breakout session 3 (30 mins.)

Meeting 2: Friday November 9, 2.30-4.30 in 3F.37