Incorporating Informal Writing Opportunities

Incorporating Informal Writing Opportunities

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:00-11:30 am, ILC 136

Facilitators: Lindsay Hansen (Asst. Prof. of Practice) and Brad Jacobson (Writing Support Specialist)

Description:  Informal or “low-stakes” writing assignments offer students opportunities to use writing as a tool for thinking, to clarify their ideas, and to engage with course content in a context that encourages risk-taking and exploration. They also provide instructors with an opportunity to see how students are responding to materials before they are evaluated on a big test or research paper. When strategically assigned, informal writing can be used as scaffolding toward a formal or “high-stakes” assignment.

This workshop introduces general education instructors to the theory and practice of informal class writing. Workshop participants will engage in a number of informal writing exercises, reflect on the informal writing experience, and discuss how incorporating these or similar exercises could work in their class. Participants will leave with specific strategies for incorporating and assessing low-stakes writing.

Workshop Outcomes

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to…

  1. identify informal writing opportunities that complement course learning goals.
  2. explore strategies for using informal writing to gauge student learning and support formal writing assignments.

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