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Fall 2018 Writing @ Bates Workshops for Faculty

Writing@Bates Community Panel Workshop: “My Favorite Writing Assignment”

Tuesday, December 11 Noon-1:20pm, ARC Writing Center

Please join us on Tuesday, December 11 in the ARC Writing Center for lunch and a series of short presentations from 10 members of the Bates faculty on their favorite student writing assignment:
  • Keiko Konoeda, Japanese
  • Bill Wallace, Department of Education
  • Myra Wright, English
  • Adriana Salerno, Mathematics
  • Brett Huggett, Biology
  • Stacy Smith, Education
  • Joe Hall, Department of History
  • Lynn Mandeltort, Chemistry
  • Jane Costlow, Environmental Studies
  • Michael Sargent, Psychology
It promises to be a highly engaging and entertaining session; attendees can plan to leave with a host of great new ideas to implement their own courses.
Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here.
Academic Integrity: Policies, Research, and Best Practices
September 24, 2018 4:10pm-5:10pm, Hedge 208
During this workshop, participants will learn to promote academic honesty, especially in regard to helping students successfully write about sources. We will begin with an overview of the Bates College Academic Integrity Policy, which will be followed by an introduction to the Citation Project, a multi-institution project about students’ use of sources. We will conclude with a discussion of best practices based on these policies and the research.
Facilitated by Stephanie Wade

Redesign Writing Assignments Using Adobe Spark

Monday August 27, 3:00 – 4:30pm.Room 148 (computer lab), Ladd Library.

Adobe Spark is a free online tool for creating web texts that integrate text, images, embedded links, and more. In this interactive workshop, we will review best practices for assignment design; we will practice using Adobe Spark to draft an assignment redesign; and we will discuss ways students can use Adobe Spark to create engaging web texts that allow them to practice rhetorical appeals for real audiences. Come with a draft of an assignment you are planning as well as your laptop.

Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP here.

Writing for Critical Thinking

Wednesday August 28, 3:00 – 4:30pm. ARC Writing & Language Center, Ladd Library.

Writing assignments are one of the most powerful pedagogical tools we have at our disposal for fostering deep, critical thinking about course material in our students. In this workshop, we’ll look at strategies and techniques for encouraging students to take risks, evaluate ideas, build arguments, and become better thinkers through writing, while also keeping the writing load manageable for the class (and the grading load manageable for you).

Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP here.


Encouraging Revision: Writing To Discover Meaning

Tuesday August 29, 3:00 – 4:30pm. ARC Writing & Language Center, Ladd Library.

I spend so much time on substantive feedback: why won’t my students revise?” It’s a common refrain in the discourse surrounding teaching academic writing. Much of our struggle comes from the way students see writing: as a means to describe (to you) what they know. Instead, we need to encourage students that writing is a means to discover what they know, and that not-knowing and being open to learning from others is part of that process. In this workshop, participants will learn about and share strategies for helping students understand writing as an iterative and social endeavor to discover meaning. In doing so, we can guide students to actually use the feedback we (and others) give them in order to attempt greater revision risks with bigger pay-offs (for the writer and their readers) in the end.

Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP here.


Teaching Writing with the Norton Field Guide to Writing

Thursday August 30, 3:00 – 4:30pm. Coram Computer Lab (110).

The Norton Field Guide to Writing is the course text recommended by Writing@Bates for supporting the teaching of writing. In this workshop, we’ll provide an overview of the text and strategies for using it to support students’ growth as writers. We’ll also cover the library of online teaching materials that are available to faculty and students in courses that use the Field Guide, including Inquizitive: self-paced online modules designed to help students master commonly recurring issues in sentence structure, editing, and citation.

Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP here.