Workshops & Learning Communities

Upcoming Workshops: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Schedule

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

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

Registration: forthcoming

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. They also help to increase student engagement and facilitate critical thinking. 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: March 2, 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: forthcoming

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: March 30, 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: forthcoming

Fall 2021 Schedule

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

Days and times: 

      • Tuesday August 31, 11:00am-12:30pm
      • Tuesday November 9, 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: Register 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. They also help to increase student engagement and facilitate critical thinking. 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 times:

      • Wednesday September 8, 11:00am-12:30pm
      • Tuesday October 5, 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: Register 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 times: 

      • Wednesday September 29, 11:00am-12:30pm
      • Tuesday November 2, 11:00am-12:30pm

Registration: Register here

Learning Communities: Spring 2022

Teaching with Writing: Integrating learning outcomes for writing in writing-intensive and writing-enriched courses

Are you revising your writing-intensive course (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 teaching with writing. This FLC is designed to help faculty align learning tasks with 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 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. 

Participants will receive a 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 2022. 

Interested in this FLC opportunity? Please complete this survey to let us know.

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: 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.
  • 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. They also help to increase student engagement and facilitate critical thinking. This webinar will provide some foundational information about WTL, offer sample designs, and give participants some time work on a design of their own.
  • 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.

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.