Upcoming Events

To register for the faculty workshops sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric listed below, please visit this page.

Preemptive Feedback: How We Can Affect Student Responses to Critical Feedback

Date: Wednesday, January 24,  2018
Time: 12:45 - 2:00 pm
Location: DCAL, Room 102 Baker Library

Registration required.

Slight changes to the way professors talk about feedback, preemptively, might help students to get more out of criticism in our courses. In this session, Speech professor Josh Compton will share how inoculation messaging—usually thought of only as a way to confer resistance to influence—can also affect how students perceive their self-efficacy in the face of criticism.  Lunch will be served.

Workshopping Writing Prompts with RWIT

Date: Thursday, January 25,  2018
Time: 12:15 - 1:45 pm
Location: DCAL, Room 102 Baker Library

Registration required.

The assignments we create define students' experiences in our classes, setting goals and providing structure for students' calendars. We think deeply about those assignments as we prepare for the term, predicting student responses and trying to forecast likely questions or misunderstandings. In this session, led by Nick Van Kley, we'll take a closer look at the student experience of writing prompts. We'll start by reviewing some current scholarship on the role of prompts in writing instruction. Faculty will then have a chance to workshop their own assignment prompts--something new or old--with fellow faculty and experienced RWIT tutors. Tutors will give faculty a new perspective on what our prompts say to students. Lunch will be served.

Making the Writing Workshop Work

Date: Thursday, February 1,  2018
Time: 12:15 - 1:45 pm
Location: DCAL, Room 102 Baker Library

Registration required.

Many of us already use workshops in our writing courses, but how do they work, how can they be challenging, and can they be designed, organized, and conducted differently? This session will begin with a brief history of the writing workshop and a review of the literature regarding its value. The session will also host a panel of faculty sharing how they structure and diversify their workshop sessions and will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to construct new workshop components in courses that include writing. The session will be led by Mark Koch and Megan McIntyre. Lunch will be served.

Cartoons as Multimodal Compositions in First-year Writing

Date: Thursday, February 15,  2018
Time: 12:15 - 1:45 pm
Location: DCAL, Room 102 Baker Library

Registration required.

Discussions about multimodality as one of the important tools students should develop in their initiation into college writing have been ongoing in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, focused on a range of possibilities: films, audio compositions, visual arguments, hyperlinked compositions, and so on. This session will feature Larry Gonick, who authors highly effective scientific cartoons presenting different domains of scientific knowledge. After a presentation of his work and approach, we will discuss ways in which cartooning could be a particularly powerful mode of meaning construction in our courses. Lunch will be served.