January 11, 2009

Two-Day Faculty Seminar For New WI Faculty

We have split our 4-day Faculty Institute into two 2-day sessions this year in an effort to reach more faculty and make the experience more of a seminar-style event.

During the January break, we will hold a seminar with faculty who are piloting courses in spring or fall 2009. The second 2-day session will be held in May.

Both sessions will focus on the goals and methodologies of the Initiative, and hands-on creation sessions for faculty developing a writing-intensive course.

January 14 -  8:30 - 3:30
  • An Introduction to the Writing Initiative Goals
  • The role of the PCCC Writing Center
  • What is a writing-intensive course?
  • Best Practices from Fall 2008 with faculty fellows Randy Jenkins, Alan Mitnick, Petar Drakulich and Anita Kumar.
  • Creating WI assignments
  • Incorporating critical thinking in writing

January 15 - 8:30 - 3:30
  • The requirements for teaching a writing-intensive course as part of the Writing Initiative grant.
  • An overview of the technologies & tools being used in WI courses to help generate writing and support students: WCOnline, LibGuides, Blackboard and the PCCC portal, ePortfolios, streaming media and eTutoring.
  • Working with the design template to create a WI assignment.
  • An introduction to the standard writing rubric and using it for assignments and assessment.

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