Schedule of Events

Spring 2018 Events

Moving Beyond Our Routine Expertise: Exploring New Approaches to Teaching the Foundational Concepts

Tues. Mar. 6th from 3:30 to 5pm; MMC ECS451 BBC AC1-319

To support our curriculum redesign, a faculty panel (Vanessa Sohan, Nick Vagnoni, and Natalie Garcia) will be discussing a spectrum of different approaches to teaching of the basic concepts in writing and rhetoric. Attendees will have an opportunity to develop classroom activities and assignments that are suited to the new learning outcomes of our courses.

Practice What We Preach: Problem-solving in the Hybrid Mode of Teaching

Tues. April 3 from 3:30 to 5pm; MMC ECS451 BBC AC1-317

In this workshop, attendees will first engage in a discussion of challenges and strategies for hybrid courses and then form groups to design components in a hybrid course, with each group addressing one common challenge of hybrid teaching. The attendees will also better understand some broad affordances of digital technologies with Canvas. Attendees who are not teaching hybrid courses can still benefit from the workshop’s discussion on using canvas to facilitate meaningful work and collaboration.

Fall 2017 Events

High tech, High touch: Improving online English courses

Tues., Oct. 3rd 3:30-5:00pm MMC GL156 BBC AC1-317

Dr. Darrel Elmore will be presenting research conducted during a recent leave which addresses the question "How do we improve teaching in online English courses?" Both broad theoretical perspectives as well as practical tips and suggestions will be presented. A question-and-answer period will take place at the end of the session.

In Pursuit of Student Success: A Faulty Panel Discussion on ENC 1101 Curriculum

Wed. Dec. 13 10:30-12:00; MMC ECS451 BBC AC1-317

In this faculty panel discussion, four faculty will share their engaging ideas about ENC 1101 curriculum. Each of them will focus on a certain aspect of their new course design supported by course artifacts. They will also showcase student work and engage in a critical reflection of their pedagogical practices. A discussant will facilitate a conversation among the participants about our first-year curriculum redesign.

Spring 2017 Events

Critical consumption of information

Tues., January 31 3:30-5:00pm MMC GL156 BBC AC1 317

One of the learning objectives that we have identified in the Gateway Course Design is for students to become critical consumers of information. Focusing on that objective, this workshop introduces instructors to the teaching of critical consumption of information. Writing Program Instructors Jackie Amorim, Andrew Golden and Wanda Raiford will share with us how they incorporate this important aspect of learning into their course design and how they design specific assignments and class activities to teach students this critical skill in today’s society with information overflow.

Writing as a Subject of Inquiry

Wed. Feb. 15 2:00-3:30 MMC GL156 BBC AC1 317

In rethinking our course design, we have described our ENC 1101 course as being about the “why” of writing/rhetoric/learning, introducing students to more foundational knowledge of those topics. In this workshop, we will discuss writing as a subject of inquiry. Relying on a few key resources, such as Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies, we will discuss how we can design and implement a curriculum that takes writing as a subject of inquiry.

Multimodal Writing

Wed. Mar. 22 1:00-2:30pm, MMC GL 156 BBC AC1 317
Thur. Mar. 23 3:30-5:00pm, MMC DM457B BBC AC1 317

Multimodal writing allows students to put foundational knowledge they learn into practice in engaging projects. In this workshop, our Digital Writing Studio Director Chet Breaux will share with us ideas for designing and developing multimodal writing projects in our courses. He will also talk about assessing multimodal writing, which many of us may find challenging.

Thinking Critically about Grading

Wed. April 5 2-3:30pm MMC DM457B BBC AC1 317
Thur. April 6 3:30-5:00pm MMC GL156 BBC AC1 317

Assessing student writing and grading is an important part of our work. In this workshop, we will discuss issues about criteria for grading in our first year writing courses, the pedagogical approaches to grading, student competency and performance that impact their grades in the courses, and so forth.

Curriculum Pilot Session Report

Fri. April 28; Date and Time TBA

We hope this last event will be a combination of professional development and social event. During the Spring semester, a group of instructors have been piloting new versions of ENC 1101 or 1102. In our final PD of the year, we will get a chance to hear these instructors share strategies, techniques and teaching tools that worked, as well as with pitfalls they encountered during the pilot. We will discuss how the pilot results can be applied to the redesign of the Gateway course curricular.

Fall 2016 Events

Providing Feedback on Teaching Practices

Thursday, Sept. 8th 3:15-4:45pm MMC: GL 156 BBC: AC1-317

In this workshop, we will discuss the new Teaching Reflection & Review process and practice using the revised Teaching Observation Report. This workshop is limited to full-time faculty.

Facilitators: Professional Development Committee

Inclusive Classrooms: Supporting Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, Sept. 27th 3:30-5:00 MMC: ECS 451 BBC: AC1-317

In this session, our guest speaker from FIU’s Disability Resource Center will lead a discussion on creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other common disabilities.

Facilitator: Amanda Niguidula, Director of the DRC

Responding to Assessment: Reimagining Researched Writing

Monday, Oct. 17th, 12:00-1:30pm MMC: DM 367C;
Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 3:30-5:00pm MMC: DM 367C BBC: AC1-317

(Same session repeats)

Assessments of the capstone project of our FYC courses show that the weak areas of student writing are idea development, employment of rhetorical appeals, and research and documentation. In this session, we will explore the causes of students’ difficulty with these aspects of argumentation and discuss how we can address these issues as we redesign the first-year two-course sequence.

Facilitators: Jen Bartman (moderator), Mike Creeden, Cayce Wicks, Andrew Golden

From Reading to Writing

Wednesday Nov.2nd, 3:00-4:30pm MMC: DM 457 BBC: AC1-317;
Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 3:30-5:00pmMMC: ECS 451 BBC: AC1 317

(Same session repeats)

In this round-table discussion of two articles on the reading-writing connection, we will discuss strategies for critical reading, the reading to writing process, supporting student reading in reading-to-write integrated assignments, and selection of readings for FYC.

Facilitators: Ming Fang and Justin Grant

Managing Collaborative Writing Projects

Thursday Nov. 17 3:30-5:00pm MMC: ECS 451BBC: AC1 317

Many professionals co-author writing projects, but facilitating collaborative writing in a course can be challenging. In this session, we will discuss best practices for designing, managing, and evaluating collaborative writing projects, including multimodal projects.

Facilitator: TBD

** NEW: Faculty Reading Group, 2016-2017 Theme: Critical Pedagogy

The Faculty Reading Group meets monthly to discuss ongoing issues within the field of rhetoric and composition. Each meeting focuses on a different article and concept. For the 2016-2017 academic year, we will read and discuss scholarship on critical pedagogy. We hope this reading group will serve as a space for faculty to come together and to explore, theorize, and reflect on writing studies scholarship and pedagogy.

The first reading group meeting is scheduled from 3:30-5:00pm on Thursday, September 29th in DM 457. Stay tuned for further information on the ENC listserv.

Coordinator: Justin Grant