Workshops & Learning Communities

Learning Communities: Spring 2021

Teaching Research Writing: Building mini-lessons and activities to enhance your course’s research writing goals

This learning community is designed to help faculty think through the conventions of effective research and synthesis writing in their courses. Participants will first identify language moves in an exemplar student project from their research-intensive course and will then work backwards to build activities that target each of these moves. By the end of the community, participants will have a scaffolded research project ready to integrate into their courses.

The group will meet five times from 2pm-3:30pm on the following Mondays: February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd, March 1st, and March 8th.  The FLC will be facilitated by Anna Habib, Associate Director of Composition for Multilingual Writers and Spring 2020 Teaching Excellence Award Winner.

Participants will receive a $500 stipend from the WAC program for their commitment to the learning community and 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 2021.

Interested in learning more? Contact Anna Habib at ahabib@gmu.edu

Interested in participating? Register here.

Teaching with Writing: Using writing to enhance student engagement and critical thinking

This learning community is designed to help faculty bring (more) writing into their courses in support of a major assignment.

Participants will first identify a major assignment in their course and will then work backwards to create writing tasks which target the assignment’s learning goals. Topics will include designing assignments, supporting reading, sequencing tasks, and responding to writers. By the end of the community, participants will have a scaffolded sequence of writing tasks to support a major assignment in their course ready for implementation.

The group will meet five times from 2pm-3:30pm on the following Tuesdays: The group will meet five times from 2pm-3:30pm on the following Tuesdays: February 9th, February 16th, February 23rd, March 2nd, and March 9th.  The FLC will be facilitated by Tim Lilley, Coordinator of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at INTO Mason and instructor of EAP and ENGH composition courses for multi-lingual writers.

Participants will receive a $500 stipend from the WAC program for their commitment to the learning community and 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 2021.

Interested in learning more? Contact Tim Lilley at tlilley@gmu.edu

Interested in participating? Register here.

Workshops: Spring 2021

Designing Writing Assignments: This webinar is designed to introduce foundational practices for teaching with writing and designing writing assignments. Participants will learn about what research shows contributes to both meaningful and impactful writing assignments.

Days and time: Wednesday February 3rd or Thursday February 4th at 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: Sign up for this workshop here

Using Writing to Support Content Learning: Writing-to-learn (WTL) assignments are low-stakes approaches to teaching course content through writing. These short and informal writing tasks offer students an opportunity to explore and consolidate their understanding of concepts. This webinar will provide some foundational information about WTL, offer sample designs, and give participants some time work on a design of their own.

Days and time: Monday February 22nd or Tuesday February 23rd at 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: Sign up for this workshop here

Providing Feedback to Support Student Revision: Participants in this webinar will learn more about how students revise and gain some strategies for providing feedback to support more substantive student revision.

Days and time: Wednesday March 10th or Thursday March 11th at 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: Sign up for this workshop here

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.