Putting Comments Where They Matter
January 11th, 2017
Writing Intensive Assignments with real-time coordinated feedback from multiple sources.
Many students struggle with the fundamentals of writing, let alone the niceties of argumentation in university essays. Over a four-year period, I tracked student writing performance in my large, year-long, B-level political science course. Despite an extensive investment of TA and other class resources toward improving student writing, my tracking revealed precisely no improvement in student writing performance over the course of six writing assignments and an entire academic year. What went wrong?
This presentation traces the evolution of writing assignments, support, and assessment in POLB50. The practice of providing feedback with grades on writing assignments turned out to be mostly ineffective and immensely inefficient. A new approach, which includes a flexible assignment structure and real-time targeted feedback across all stages of the writing process, has improved student confidence and performance.
A one hour presentation will be followed with an additional hour for idea exchange.
- Christopher Cochrane - Associate Professor - Political Science
Engaging Students in Active Learning
February 25th, 2016
In this session, I will share both practical advice and research results from our experience with active learning in two computer science courses. One is an introductory, first-year course with very diverse students, and the other is a third-year course for specialists. Bring your own experiences and questions to share, and expect to try an activity from my own classroom. (You’ll even learn a wee bit of computer science!)
- Diane Horton (Computer Science, St. George)
Instructional Uses of Social / Digital Media
March 3rd, 2014
What are the latest exciting and innovative ways for instructors to use social media or other types of digital media? Find out at this session, where you’ll also be able to witness a meeting of minds from across the disciplines, coming together to share their creative uses of new media to enhance students’ learning.
- Leslie Chan, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Critical Development Studies / International Studies
- Bill Gough, Vice-Dean, Graduate Education and Program Development, and Associate Professor, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
- Daniel Tysdal, Lecturer, Department of English
- Brian Sutherland (moderator), Educational Technologies Administrator
Writing as Skill / Writing to Learn
February 6th, 2014
In this session, faculty from diverse fields (French, Management, and English) will discuss different approaches to teaching writing or using writing as a teaching tool. Topics will include the following: how important learning takes place incrementally (contemplative pedagogy, “slow learning”); uses of blogs, journals, portfolios and Twitter; writing strategies in a second language environment; ways of scaffolding a series of writing assignments; helping students overcome their resistance to writing and become more self-aware writers, able to leverage their own individual writing process.
- Corinne Beauquis, Senior Lecturer and Associate Director, Centre for French and Linguistics
- April Franco, Associate Professor, Department of Management
- Anne Milne, Assistant Professor, Department of English
- Sarah King (moderator), Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, The Writing Centre