WAC Seminars and Workshops

Paid seminars meet once a week (for 1 hour and 15 minutes) for four or five weeks. Work outside the seminar meetings is usually 1-2 hours per week. Unpaid 1-day workshops meet for 1 hour and 15 minutes (and, obviously, involve no extra work).

Please RSVP using the link below. Once we have a list of interested faculty members, we will send out a Doodle poll to find a day and time that works for most of us.

RSVP Link: https://goo.gl/forms/AtVfcW3uWejg0oiu1

Begins Week of September 18, Ends Week of October 9
Annotated Bibliography: Teaching Students to Work with
Professional Academic Sources

With Alesya Petty, Health Professions and English Department

pettyThe Annotated Bibliography assignment is one commonly used in writing courses, yet it is undervalued by students. Join us for a conversation about reading and writing strategies that can help students master their command of professional academic prose. We will discuss how students can be more aware of the mental processes behind selecting and describing sources for their research projects, and how that awareness can help them become more proficient writers. Share your observations and effective methods used in your classes and learn from others about successful teaching practices. By the end of this 4-week seminar, participants will create an assignment that will help students describe and summarize academic sources. Those who have taught an annotated bibliography assignment will gather more ideas on how to make it more attractive and valuable to students, while those who are new to it will acquire a new tool for teaching.

Seminar participants will be paid $500.

Begins Week of September 18, Ends Week of October 16
What We Talk About When We Talk About Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
With Ryan Skinnell, English Department

ryanTeaching writing is an increasingly important responsibility for faculty across the disciplines. Even in classes where it isn’t the main task, faculty are still asked to teach writing, to help students practice writing, and to advance students’ abilities to write meaningfully. This five-week, reading-intensive seminar introduces participants to what writing studies specialists know about the best practices for teaching writing across the curriculum. Participants will study research on writing pedagogy, discuss our own writing processes and teaching practices, develop strategies for incorporating meaningful writing tasks into various courses, and rethink some common beliefs about teaching writing that may actually undermine the goal of helping students become better writers.

Seminar participants will be paid $500.

Begins Week of October 9, Ends Week of October 30
Beginning eCampus Resources for Writing Instructors
(A Series of Four Workshops)
With Maria Judnick, English Department and University Writing Center

judnickIs the thought of using Canvas keeping you up at night? Does all the technical instruction sound like the adults in the Charlie Brown cartoons to you? Come to these four separate Canvas workshops to learn new skills at your own pace as you create resources to use in your classes. You'll learn how to: set up a Canvas course with modules; set up a gradebook and rubrics; create homework, in-class, and paper assignments on Canvas; understand the other features of Canvas (from group work to sending notifications to offering quizzes, the possibilities are endless).

Begins Week of October 9, Ends Week of November 6
Advanced eCampus Resources for Writing Instructors
(A Five-Week Seminar)

With Maria Judnick, English Department and University Writing Center

judnickLearn how to use (and produce) easy e-resources for each step of the learning process! This five-part WAC seminar will teach a variety of eCampus resources (like Canvas) in 100W and other writing courses to help ease the instructor’s burden while also enriching class engagement. Highlights include developing Google Forms to prepare students for the semester; integrating Canvas and other technology into homework, workshops, and class discussions; grading with rubrics and other helpful resources in Canvas; and offering additional support to students through eCampus. Come and meet fellow instructors eager to bring technology to the university in the heart of Silicon Valley!

Seminar participants will be paid $500.

Begins Week of October 23, Ends Week of November 13
Developing Guides to Writing In Your Discipline -- Part 1
With Tom Moriarty, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum

tomBiologists should write like biologists, engineers should write like engineers, and psychologists should write like, well, psychologists.  But how do we help our students write for our disciplines when our style guides (APA, MLA, CBE, etc.) don't really talk about much beyond how to cite sources and format papers?

We develop better guides to writing.  And in the first part of this two-part seminar, we will begin the process of developing Guides to Writing in Your Discipline by learning and applying the methods of genre analysis.  Each participant will explore the genres of their discipline by interviewing other faculty members and professionals, collecting and analyzing sample documents, and distilling their findings into guidelines for writing in their discipline.  (In part 2 of the seminar, which will be offered in the spring, participants will develop their Guides for Writing for publication and use by students in classes.)

Seminar participants will be paid $500.