The First-Year Seminar: Orality, Ethics, and Student Learning

31 May

Our new general education requirements include the First-Year Seminar. Including oral discussion is not new to our FYSems. What might be new is thinking more intentionally about including oral discussion in a planned and scaffolded manner into the class while being aware of helping our students think about ethics about their communication. This workshop provides information to aid teachers in tweaking their seminars considering the new requirements. The Writing Across Emory (WAE) program is hosting Dr. John Duffy to share his experiences and knowledge gained from his time as Director of Notre Dame’s version of the first-year seminar. Dr. Duffy is presenting materials and ideas for incorporating oral activities into the class. The workshop includes interactive time to think through class planning.

Creating and Implementing Ethnographic Projects

20 Jan

Ethnographic projects can be a terrific way of getting students to engage critically with the social world in which they’re immersed. In this module Sean Dolan has shared some ideas, based on his experience teaching first-year writing courses, about how to cut such projects down to manageable size and tailor them to the aims of different courses. He’s also considered some of the practical aspects of structuring projects and provided two prompts from his own courses.

Research Projects in Online Environments

27 Jan

In this workshop, Sarah Morris unpacks some of the unique challenges and opportunities of designing and structuring class research projects in an online environment. The primary goal of this workshop is to help you discover ways to introduce meaningful and engaging research opportunities to your students. Sarah will introduce a variety of ideas and approaches that you can use to help your students develop critical information literacy skills, grow as researchers, and form enriching and dynamic learning communities in your online classroom environment.

Radical Multimodal Revision

26 Jan

This in-class writing activity allows students to practice radical revision and multimodal composition through a series of timed prompts. Each 5-minute prompt asks students to revise their essay into a radically different form, such as an illustration, a Tweet, or a poem. The lesson wraps up with sharing sessions and a debriefing conversation about concepts of revision, genre, and multimodality.