Workshops & Learning Communities

Upcoming Workshops

Spring 2022 Schedule

Designing High Impact Writing Assignments: Participants in this workshop will learn the design principles that contribute to engaging and meaningful writing experiences for their students. The workshop will begin with a discussion of the research that informs these principles and will quickly move into some strategies for implementing them into courses across the curriculum. The workshop will close by offering faculty some time to implement one of the strategies into their courses.

Days and time: February 9, 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: Register here

Small Teaching in the Writing-enriched Classroom: Inspired by James Lang’s popular book, Small Teaching, this workshop will introduce participants to some quick writing activities that can take as few as five minutes to effectively foster student learning in classrooms across the curriculum. The workshop will include a brief introduction to the writing-to-learn scholarship that informs these activities and will provide a sampling of model designs that participants can implement and build into their own teaching.

Days and time: March 2, 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: Register here

Providing Feedback to Support Student Revision: This workshop will help faculty increase student engagement with and the impact of their feedback. Participants will first learn more about how students revise before exploring some strategies for providing feedback to support more substantive student revision. The workshop will close by offering faculty some time to implement one of the strategies into their courses.

Days and time: March 30, 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: Register here

Learning Communities: Spring 2022

Writing-enriched Course Design: Integrating learning outcomes for writing in writing-intensive and writing-enriched courses

Are you revising your writing-intensive course or assignments (or planning to do so soon)? Looking to propose a new writing-intensive course? Or looking for new ways to strengthen your assignments and incorporate more active learning into your writing-enriched course?  

In spring 2022, the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program will be leading an online faculty learning community (FLC) focused on writing-enriched course design and teaching with writing. This FLC is designed to help faculty align learning tasks with the new Writing-intensive course outcomes and incorporate more active learning opportunities for students. 

Participants will first learn about the WI course learning outcomes and identify which are most meaningful and appropriate for their courses. They will then work backwards to create writing tasks which target those outcomes and support the overall learning in their courses. Topics will include designing assignments, sequencing tasks, and responding to writers. By the end of the community, participants will have a scaffolded sequence of writing tasks to support the learning outcomes for writing in their course and a drafted WI course application (if applicable). 

The group will meet six times on Tuesdays, 2-3:30 PM, from February 1st – March 8th.  The FLC will be facilitated by Emily Staudt, Graduate Assistant Director for WAC, and Anna Habib, Associate Director of Composition for Multilingual Writers. 

Participants will receive a copy of Engaging Ideas and a stipend from the WAC program for their commitment to the learning community, including their development of teaching materials that will be shared on the WAC website, the Stearns Center website, and/or at the Innovations of Teaching and Learning Conference in Fall 2022. 

Interested in this FLC opportunity? The FLC is closed at this time, but we plan to run it regularly. If you would like to receive updates about future offerings, please complete this interest survey.

Have any questions about the FLC? Email us at wac@gmu.edu

Request a Workshop

WAC Program staff are happy to offer one of our standing workshops to departments and programs. Descriptions of these workshops are below. If you would like to request a workshop, please email us at wac@gmu.edu.

  • Designing High Impact Writing Assignments: Participants in this workshop will learn the design principles that contribute to engaging and meaningful writing experiences for their students. The workshop will begin with a discussion of the research that informs these principles and will quickly move into some strategies for implementing them into courses across the curriculum. The workshop will close by offering faculty some time to implement one of the strategies into their courses.
  • Small Teaching in the Writing-enriched Classroom: Inspired by James Lang’s popular book, Small Teaching, this workshop will introduce participants to some quick writing activities that can take as few as five minutes to effectively foster student learning in classrooms across the curriculum. The workshop will include a brief introduction to the writing-to-learn scholarship that informs these activities and will provide a sampling of model designs that participants can implement and build into their own teaching.
  • Providing Feedback to Support Student Revision: This workshop will help faculty increase student engagement with and the impact of their feedback. Participants will first learn more about how students revise before exploring some strategies for providing feedback to support more substantive student revision. The workshop will close by offering faculty some time to implement one of the strategies into their courses.

Consultations

The Writing Across the Curriculum Program supports all faculty across Mason who teach (with) writing. If you would like assistance in developing course materials – syllabi, assignments, or activities – to help your student writers, please contact us at wac@gmu.edu.