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WAC Workshop Series

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Workshop Series provides support for the teaching of writing in your courses and across courses in your program. These workshops ask you to think both about the big picture (what you want students to learn or what we know about assessing writing, for example) and also classroom practice (how you design and respond effectively to student writing, for example). Although you might benefit from attending several workshops in the series, you are more than welcome to attend only one.

Please register using the form at the bottom of this page.


Fall 2017 Faculty/Consultant Roundtable

Join other faculty and Howe Writing Center consultants to see what happens in a writing consultation, get your questions answered, and discuss ways we can work together to support Miami student writers.

  • Wednesday, September 6, 1-2pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)
  • Thursday, September 7, 11-12pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)

Fall 2017 Workshops

Each workshop is offered twice—pick the date and time that best match your schedule.

Understanding Threshold Concepts about Writing

Facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Wardle and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Learn about the idea of threshold concepts—concepts critical for epistemological participation in an area of study or practice. Then consider some threshold concepts about writing (such as “writing is not perfectible” or “writing embodies disciplinary identities and ideologies”) and imagine ways to build these into your courses and assignments in order to better facilitate student learning of writing.

  • Wednesday, September 13, 1-2pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)
  • Thursday, September 14, 11-12pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)

Designing Engaging Writing Assignments You’ll Actually Want to Read

Facilitated by Dr. Ann Updike

Learn best practices from writing studies research to create writing assignments that will engage your students while teaching them disciplinary content.

  • Thursday, October 5, 11-12pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)
  • Friday, October 6, 1-2pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)

Using Peer Response Effectively to Improve Student Writing

Facilitated by Dr. Ann Updike

Peer response is a proven method to get students to write sooner, write more often, and produce better final products. This workshop provides strategies for helping your students respond to their peers’ writing more effectively and for writers to apply that feedback.

  • Wednesday, October 25, 1-2pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)
  • Thursday, October 26, 11-12pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)

Using ePortfolios to Assess Writing Outcomes

Facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Wardle

All assessments of writing have their shortcomings, but research demonstrates that portfolios (and now, electronic portfolios) provide faculty and other stakeholders with an effective means of gauging how well students can write in different contexts and genres and for different audiences.

  • Wednesday, November 15, 1-2pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)
  • Thursday, November 16, 11-12 pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)

Spring 2018 Workshops

Each workshop is offered twice—pick the date and time that best match your schedule.

How to Design and Scaffold Writing Assignments to Encourage Knowledge Transfer

Facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Wardle

Over 100 years of research clearly demonstrate that school assignments frequently do not result in the hoped-for transfer of learning to other settings. But the research also demonstrates that it is possible to teach for transfer. In this workshop we will overview some of the transfer research and discuss how to design and scaffold assignments and activities to ensure deep learning about writing that can flexibly be used in new settings.

  • Tuesday, February 6, 11-12pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)
  • Wednesday, February 7, 1-2pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)

Conducting Meaningful Assessment of Writing

Facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Wardle and Angela Glotfelter

Assessing writing effectively in courses and across a program can be challenging. This workshop will describe some methods for conducting assessment that provide helpful information about student progress and mastery. Portfolios as one effective means of assessing writing will be discussed.

  • Tuesday, February 20, 11-12pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)
  • Wednesday, February 21, 1-2pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)

Less Is Truly More: Responding to Student Writers Efficiently and Effectively

Facilitated by Dr. Ann Updike

Learn best practices for responding to student writers in less time with more impact.

  • Wednesday, March 7, 1-2:30pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)
  • Thursday, March 8, 11-12:30pm, King 134 (AIS Room)

Crossing Borders: Responding to the Writing of Multilingual Learners (MLL)

Facilitated by Dr. Ann Updike

Come away with a new understanding of language acquisition and the cultural norms of writing, as well as practices and strategies for responding to the writing of MLL students.

  • Wednesday, April 4, 1-2:30pm, King 133 (HCWE classroom)
  • Thursday, April 5, 11-12:30pm, King 134 (AIS Room)

Register for a Workshop

Register for a WAC workshop through the form below. You will receive a Google Invitation to confirm your registration.

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