Previous Workshops

BLSCI Faculty Development Roundtables – Spring 2013

Responding to Student Writing

Wed., April 3
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Newman Library Building, H-755

Even experienced classroom instructors can find responding to student writing to be burdensome, frustrating, time-consuming, or just plain confusing. Which sorts of comments are actually helpful, and which are just a waste of time? In this roundtable, we’ll be discussing a range of approaches to giving purposeful (and efficient!) feedback on student work across a variety of high-stakes and low-stakes writing assignments. In particular, we will discuss what it means to give “strategic feedback” aimed at specific revision or developmental goals. We will be joined by Professor Cheryl Smith (Dept. of English) in this conversation, which will cover topics including the following: facilitating effective peer-to-peer feedback on preliminary drafts, crafting revision-centered comments on more developed drafts, and using technology (including blog commenting and recording feedback videos) to give feedback more efficiently and effectively. Participants from all disciplines are encouraged to contribute to this practical strategy session by sharing the models for giving feedback that have worked well in their classes.

Literature for Business/Business for Literature: Shakespeare, Spreadsheets, and Success

Wed., April 17
12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Location TBA

This interdisciplinary roundtable discussion will explore ways in which courses in literature and business can draw on mutually relevant material to enhance the intellectual and practical abilities of students. For example, how could one’s study of corporate strategies benefit from including a case study of Macbeth? How might analyzing the rhetorical strategies of a sonnet apply to the creation of a corporate mission statement? How can literature students hone their technical proficiency by applying business models to plot and character analyses? Our conversation aims to find creative and practical points of connection between these two disciplines. We’ll be joined by Professor Thomas Lyons (Dept. of Management).

Preparing Students to Effectively Critique and Produce Media

Tues., April 30
12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Newman Library Building, H-765

In this roundtable, a faculty member and a Media Fellow in Journalism will discuss the strategies they have used to adequately prepare their students to write about and produce media. By demonstrating specific assignments and unpacking the processes leading up to the critique and creation of media, this roundtable aims to establish good

teaching practices that can be applied across multiple disciplines. Presenters will also discuss how to respond to assignments that involve the critique or creation of media. We will be joined by Professor Vera Haller (Journalism).

Innovative Writing Pedagogies Beyond the Humanities

Tues., May 7
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Newman Library Building, H-755

How are instructors integrating writing instruction into disciplines outside the humanities? What lessons can be learned from the unique challenges and opportunities of writing pedagogy in the math, science, and social science classroom? In this roundtable we will consider the innovative techniques of science faculty who have made writing an integral part of the classroom experience, and brainstorm new practices and assignments for those who would like to increase writing in their courses. We will explore specific activities, techniques, and methods for advancing student writing and consider how these ideas can be applied across various disciplines. We’ll be joined by Professor David Gruber (Biology and Environmental Science).