Fall 2016 WIC Faculty Seminar

What is the WIC Faculty Seminar?

The annual WIC Faculty Seminar focuses on learning best practices for teaching writing across the disciplines.  Designed for faculty teaching WIC courses and faculty using writing in non-WIC courses, the seminar is appropriate for all faculty who are interested in improving student learning through writing.

Interested participants must be nominated by their unit heads or chair, and nominations for the fall seminar are accepted begining the spring term preceding the seminar.

The Faculty Seminar consists of five weekly two-hour meetings, each with a different emphasis relating to teaching writing.  The list below identifies both the emphasis and some key questions addressed for each meeting:

First Meeting: Defining Writing-Intensive Teaching

  • What is writing? What do revision and process have to do with writing?
  • What does it mean to teach or, for our students, to take a Writing Intensive course?
  • What are the hallmarks of a writing-intensive course?
  • What can we expect from a student who has completed Writing 121 at OSU? WR II?

Second Meeting: Using Informal Writing for Critical Thinking and Learning Content

  • What is the difference between graded and ungraded writing? Why are both useful?
  • How can ungraded writing promote critical thinking and learning course content?
  • What does ungraded writing look like? How do we evaluate those activities?

Third Meeting: Designing Formal Writing Assignments

  • How do we integrate or sequence formal and informal writing?
  • What choices appear as we design formal assignments?
  • How do we match a formal writing assignment to the intended learning for students?

Fourth Meeting: Responding to Work in Progress

  • In our own writing, when and to whom do we look for responses and feedback?
  • Who should respond to our students’ work in progress and when?
  • What do writers need to hear to make practical revision decisions?

Fifth Meeting: Evaluating Student Writing

  • What are the relationships among responding, evaluating, and grading?
  • What do we need to know about English/writing in order to grade student writing?
  • What are some different possible positions on spelling errors, punctuation errors, etc.?

Upon completing the seminar, participating faculty receive a modest honorarium.

The Fall 2016 Faculty Seminar is scheduled for the following dates, from 3-5 p.m., in Milam 215:

  • October 11
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1
  • November 8

List of the Fall 2016 Faculty Seminar participants.