Workshops & Learning Communities

Learning Communities: Spring 2023

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?  

This semester, the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program will be leading an online faculty learning community (FLC) focused on writing-enriched teaching and learning. This FLC is designed to help faculty learn foundational approaches for teaching writing and align learning tasks with the new Writing-intensive course outcomes.

The FLC will also help faculty prepare review materials for the upcoming WI Outcomes Implementation Review beginning next fall, and it is an excellent opportunity to meet new colleagues and talk about teaching and learning across campus.

The FLC begins with an introduction to the WI outcomes. The following sessions focus on designing assignments, sequencing tasks, and responding to writers. By the end of the FLC, participants will have a scaffolded sequence of writing tasks to support the learning outcomes chosen for their course and a draft of WI course application or review materials (if applicable). 

Participants will receive a print copy of Engaging Ideas and a stipend from the WAC program for their commitment to the learning community, including their development of course 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 2023. 

This FLC will be facilitated by Tim Lilley, WAC Fellow for Faculty Development, and Breana Bayraktar, Blended Learning/Hybrid Pedagogy Specialist in the Stearns Center. 

When? Tuesdays at 12:00-1:30pm; January 31 – March 7

Interested in this FLC opportunity? You can register here.

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

Upcoming Workshops

Fall 2022 Schedule

Intentional Design Practices for Writing-intensive and Writing-enriched Courses: Facilitated by the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, this interactive session will focus on writing-enriched and writing-intensive course design. It seeks to introduce participants to the new Writing-intensive (WI) outcomes and offer practical strategies for adopting these outcomes into any course across the curriculum to improve course coherence and alignment.

Day and time: September 30, 11:00am-12:00pm

Registration: To join us for this workshop, please register for the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

Using Distributed Writing Feedback to Promote Dialogue, Learning, and Inclusion: Jointly facilitated by the WAC Program, Composition Program, and University Writing Center, this interactive workshop will introduce participants to dialogic feedback. Participants will walk away with practical and holistic strategies, including how to align feedback with learning outcomes, how to intentionally map feedback onto their course calendars, how to diversify feedback methods, and how to determine which feedback strategy is most appropriate for the task/assignment at hand.

Day and time: September 30, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Registration: To join us for this workshop, please register for the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

Providing Feedback to Support Student Revision: Want to develop a more sustainable plan for providing feedback? 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: November 1, 12:00-1:00pm

Registration: Sign up here

An Introduction to the New WI Learning Outcomes: Wondering what’s happening with the new WI learning outcomes? This workshop will help faculty learn about the new WI outcomes and begin to plan ways to integrate these outcomes into their course designs. Participants will first learn about the research underpinning the outcomes before exploring some strategies for teaching to them. The workshop will close by offering faculty some time to implement one of the strategies into their courses.

Days and time: November 8, 12:00-1:00pm

Registration: Sign up here

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.