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Faculty and Instructors

Workshops for Instructors in the Majors on Designing Writing Instruction


Assignment Design

The goals of this workshop are to learn about and utilize backward design to construct effective writing assignments. We will begin by identifying relevant goals and move from there towards constructing assignments that communicate clear objectives and expectations to the student. This will allow students to develop strategies to meet new writing objectives while building on prior knowledge of writing practices. We will spend a substantial amount of time beginning to develop assignments or revising existing assignments, so please feel free to bring current assignment prompts or ideas to work on.

Responding to Student Writing & Working with ESOL Writing

The goals of this workshop are to learn about and use a small number of guiding principles to construct a response-to-writing process that involves both the student and instructor productively, while maximizing student learning. We will begin by identifying guiding principles for giving feedback on any student writing, and then explore ways to build connection with students who come from a wide variety of backgrounds (linguistically, culturally, and otherwise), with an aim towards understanding the disparate causes of writing issues for ESOL students and what it is reasonable to address within the space of a semester.  We will spend a substantial amount of time identifying particular writing concerns and deciding which ones to respond to, as well as practicing giving short feedback, so please feel free to bring samples of student writing in your discipline (we will also have some samples).

Setting up an Effective Peer Review Process

The goals of this workshop are to learn about and use a small number of guiding principles to construct an environment and process in which students can effectively use peer review to develop their own writing. We will begin by covering some guiding principles around a sequential writing process and the role feedback can play in this process. We will then move on to discussing how to teach students to  give useful feedback at multiple stages in the writing process, and how to address student concerns about peer feedback. We will spend a substantial amount of time exploring different peer review models and integrating them with writing assignments, so please feel free to bring samples of assignments and student writing in your discipline (we will also have some samples).


Notice - These workshops are offered at least once yearly and also upon request by groups of individuals or departments.

Times offered this academic year:

WorkshopDateTime
Assignment DesignMon Jan 1410-12noon
Lunch and discussionMon Jan 1412-1pm
Setting up an Effective Peer Review ProcessMon Jan 141-3pm
Responding to Student Writing & Working with ESOL WritingTue Jan 1510-12noon

Location: All workshops will be held in WSAP Conference Room A in Rush Rhees G-121

RSVP: Please click this link to RSVP

Questions?  Contact Katherine Schaefer, PhD at katherine.schaefer@rochester.edu