Using Writing for Learning

With Mandy Olejnik and Rena Perez

This 6-week certificate program is designed to support tenure-line and TCPL faculty members who want to include writing for meaningful learning in their courses. “Writing” in this certificate program is broadly understood to include all forms of communication, including not only extended formal prose but all communication including charts, graphs, slides, and presentations. 

Completion of this program can be used to document efforts to improve teaching for the purposes of annual evaluation and P&T dossiers. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, as well as a $200 professional development stipend for attending all six sessions and completing the activities and required reading (to be provided).

We previously offered this certificate series for FSB and CEC faculty and are now opening it to all tenure-line and TCPL faculty members. 

The series is limited to 15 attendees, so RSVP now!


Testimonials from previous participants: 

“This workshop was exceptional. I walked away from every session with a new tip or tool that I was able to try out in my course almost immediately. The workshops themselves were well organized, with a lot of hand-on learning activities.”  —Michele Frank, Accounting


“The workshop was interactive, informative, and the facilitators provided plenty of time to reflect as well as learn from the peers. I've already used many strategies I learned in the workshop in my classes-especially those related to writing to learn, and giving feedback." —Harshini Siriwardane, First-Year Integrated Core in FSB 

Session Dates and Topics

The workshop will be facilitated online via Zoom on the following dates/times:

  • Part 1: What is “writing” and how does it help “get work done” in your professions and fields? 
    • Wednesday, August 31,  11:40-1:00
  • Part 2: How can you use writing for learning, and emphasize the relationship of writing and course content? 
    • Wednesday, September 14,  11:40-1:00 
  • Part 3: How can you design and scaffold writing assignments for best student learning and mastery? 
    • Wednesday, September 28, 11:40-1:00
  • Part 4: How can you use peer review effectively? How and when can you provide formative feedback? 
    • Wednesday, October 12, 11:40-1:00
  • Part 5: How can you integrate writing into larger courses without increasing your workload? 
    • Wednesday, October 26, 11:40-1:00
  • Part 6: Using what you’ve learned: Planning for your future course 
    • Wednesday, November 9, 11:40-1:00