2020-2021 Course Enhancement Grant Workshops

One of the objectives in the DWR’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan is to “Support Faculty and Staff Development and Promote Teaching Excellence.” DWR course enhancement grants are available to support continuous improvement and professional development for our teaching faculty. The year’s workshops are held online and recordings of each will be posted to this page.


LaToya Faulk

Title

Essay Writing at The Sentence Level

Presenter

LaToya Faulk

Date

April 29, 4:00 – 5:00 CDT

Description

Utilizing Nora Bacon’s The Well-Crafted Sentence: A Writer’s Guide to Style, LaToya Faulk’s workshop will detail results from two in-class activities implemented in WRIT 100 and WRIT 101 which emphasized attention to a diversity of well-conceived sentence structures in the writing process. Additional attention to voice, style, and tone—specifically as it relates to both (1) helping students establish working writing identities, and (2) analyzing the sentence structures of published writers in order to compare and closely identity a multitude of voices, styles, and tones which can then be emulated or drawn from in students’ own writing—were also implemented in the writing process as developmental strategies to improve students’ development of ideas at the sentence level. Conclusively, this workshop will outline course strategies while also provide an overview of scholarship supporting pedagogical practices that encourage attention to voice and style as elements of craft in the writing process

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Marc Watkins

Title

Making the Online Course a Welcoming Space for First-Year Writing Students

Presenter

Marc Watkins

Date

April 12, 1:00 – 2:00 CDT

Description

The Course Enhancement Grant allowed Marc Watkins to explore ways to make his Writ 102 online/ hybrid course more welcoming and engaging to students. The goal was to transform the way students viewed the syllabus through open-pedagogy policies so that they no longer viewed the syllabus as a contract or “terms of service agreement” that was static and ignorable. Instead, the syllabus became a dynamic space in which students entered into conversation about their learning and were empowered to engage with more fully. Additionally, he revamped the student guide module to help students understand the transition between a traditional and online/hybrid course. Students were also invited to engage in experiential learning and developed a series of student-created tutorials and guides to help future students navigated challenges within the course.

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Alice Myatt

Title

We’re not in Kansas Anymore: Exploring Student Learning through Video Discussions

Presenter

Dr. Alice Myatt

Date

March 25, 1:00 – 2:00 CDT

Description

Can a social networking tool like Flipgrid foster community-building among vulnerable student populations and thus aid success and retention in their academic work? Can video discussions increase engagement and success among notoriously underprepared Fall online WRIT 102 students? Dr. Alice Myatt’s 2020 Course Enhancement project integrated weekly video discussion assignments designed to facilitate self-efficacy, exploration, and reflection into her online WRIT 102 classes. Her workshop will highlight the successes and the challenges this project posed during a chaotic COVID semester and invite attendees to discuss ways to expand on the project in the future.

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Tyler Gillespie

Title

Toward an Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecology in First-Year Writing

Presenter

Tyler Gillespie

Date

February 11, 1:00 – 2:00 CST

Description

Asao Inoue asserts conventional writing assessments privilege the white, middle- and upper-class students historically aligned with academic discourse. To combat inequity, Inoue says instructors should adjust “our assessment systems to favor labor over the gifts of racial habitus.” In fall 2020, Tyler Gillespie adapted Asao Inoue’s labor-based contract grading for his Writ 101 classes, and he will discuss the framework, planning, strategies, implementation, and student feedback in this presentation.

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Tori Brown

Title

Good Grief: Grappling with the Group Speech Online

Presenter

Tori Brown

Date

October 15, 12:00 – 1:00

Description

Did you have negative experiences working in groups as a student? Has the dread prevented you from assigning group work in your classes that you teach? Come hear how Tori discovered the “hack” to group work online.

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Materials

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Trey Bagwell and Jeanine Rauch

Title

Combatting Transfer Shock: Improving WRIT 250 for Transfer and Non-Traditional Students

Presenter

Trey Bagwell and Jeanine Rauch

Date

October 21, 12:00 – 1:00

Description

This workshop discusses the needs of non-traditional/transfer students and how best to meet those needs through conferencing and writing activities in and outside of the classroom, which in turn helps all students become critical thinkers

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