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Writing-Enriched Curricula Talk and Workshop with Dr. Pamela Flash

Save the date(s) this fall for these two great events about the Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) method for all USF faculty! This event is brought to you by the Multimodal Communication across the Curriculum and in the Disciplines Faculty Learning Community and features Dr. Pamela Flash (University of Minnesota).

9/5: Writing-Enriched Curricula: Integrating relevant writing instruction department by department

In this one-hour talk and inter-disciplinary discussion, Pamela Flash (University of Minnesota) will introduce the Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) model developed at the University of Minnesota in 2007 and now being adapted by universities and colleges across the US. WEC offers a faculty-driven, centrally-supported, and department-specific approach for strengthening the integration of relevant writing instruction into diverse curricular contexts. Attendees will have an opportunity to consider (and question) the writing abilities they expect students in their programs to demonstrate. After hearing more about the faculty-driven, curriculum-focused WEC model, we’ll discuss its portability and potential fit for USF.

9/6: Teaching Writing in Five-Minute Increments: Interdisciplinary workshop

This interdisciplinary workshop is dedicated to busy instructors who expect students to hand in writing that demonstrates cogent, persuasive, and/or innovative thinking about course material but who have little time to spare for in-class writing instruction. We'll work through two models: the five-minute paper and the five-minute revision workshop. Both approaches engage students in context-relevant thinking and writing, either by involving them in targeted low-stakes writing or by giving them routine practice in revising excerpts of student texts. Examples drawn from diverse disciplines in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and design fields will be discussed and participants will develop two or more activities relevant to the courses they teach.