Designing Engaging Writing Assignments
When: Friday, October 28, 2016 9:00-10:30 am, ILC 136
Facilitators: Lindsay Hansen (Asst. Prof. of Practice) and Brad Jacobson (Writing Support Specialist)
Description: Writing provides means for exploring disciplinary knowledge and building scholarly communication skills. A well-designed writing assignment sets students up for writing success by communicating both of these means, as well as the expectations and criteria for the assignment.
This workshop introduces general education instructors to approaches for designing engaging and effective formal writing assignments. In workshopping their own writing assignment(s), participants will have the opportunity to (re)define objectives and priorities for a writing assignment, explore alternative assignment ideas to maximize student engagement, and explore the ways making disciplinary expectations visible can support student and instructor success. Participants will leave the workshop with a revised version of their writing assignment and new strategies for approaching writing assignment design.
To maximize the benefit of this workshop, please bring a copy of an assignment you use for one of your courses.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- align a writing assignment with learning goals.
- design engaging writing assignments considering the role of purpose, audience, and genre.
- revise writing assignment instructions and description for clarity and purpose.