Howe Writing Across the Curriculum (HWAC) workshops can help you better use writing in your courses to teach content and disciplinary values. All faculty and graduate teaching assistants are welcome.

Some of our workshops follow a traditional format of brief presentations with hands-on activities. Others follow a roundtable format on a particular topic with your peers leading the discussion. Whatever workshop you sign up for, you can expect a relaxed atmosphere where you'll have ample opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with our staff and cross-disciplinary colleagues.

Fall 2021 workshops will use a hybrid format. A maximum of 10 people may join us in-person at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE) in King Library Room 133. Other attendees can join a simulcast Zoom. You can designate your choice for attending when you sign up. Please note that our plans for in-person attendance may change depending on the health and safety outlook.

Thinking Creatively About Culminating Capstone Projects

With Elizabeth Wardle, Director of the HCWE, Graduate Assistant Directors Mandy Olejnik and Will Chesher, and guests Heidi McKee (English), Aaron Luebbe (psychology) on Tuesday, and Cameron Hay-Rollins (anthropology) and Brian Schultz (teacher education) on Wednesday.

This workshop invites discussion around how to design creative, innovative, and effective capstone courses. Participants will become familiar with expectations for capstone projects per the newly approved Miami Plan, learn about the most recent assessment of capstone projects at Miami, see examples of creative capstone assignments from Miami faculty, and then brainstorm assignments together with the group.

  • When: Tuesday, August 31 or Wednesday, Sept. 1, 11:40AM–1:00PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom

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Reimagining Assessment Through ePortfolios: What Are They and How Can They Improve Learning in Your Courses and Programs?

With Elizabeth Wardle, Will Chesher, and guest speakers Elaine Miller (philosophy), Gaile Pohlhaus (philosophy), Bruce D'Arcus (geography) and Todd Stuart (arts management & entrepreneurship)

This workshop focuses on the design and use of ePortfolios in the classroom, inviting participants to rethink assessment and encourage students to reflect on their growth as writers and learners. Guest speakers will share the ways they’ve used ePortfolios in their own courses and participants will be invited to share ideas and ask questions as they consider how to develop their own ePortfolios.

  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 15 or Thursday, Sept. 16, 11:40AM–1:00PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom

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Rethinking Cheating and Plagiarism: Teaching Citation as Conversation (2-parts)

With Elizabeth Wardle, Mandy Olejnik, and Will Chesher

In this 2-part workshop series, we will discuss matters of plagiarism and citation through discussions of how to teach students how to critically read in your field and understand the expectations held of them as academic writers. Please plan to attend both sessions.

Part 1 will review the importance of situating citation as scholarly conversation and discuss how students learn to cite and where common struggles are.

Then, Part 2 will invite participants to brainstorm together activities and assignments that can help students better learn not only how but why to cite.

  • When: Part 1: Tuesday, Oct. 5 or Wednesday, Oct. 6, 11:40AM–1:00PM; Part 2: Tuesday, Nov. 16 or Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11:40AM–1:00PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom 

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Writing Workflows: Keeping Track of Your Readings & Research with Citation Management Systems

With Will Chesher and Tim Lockridge (English)

This workshop focuses on strategies and best practices for managing citations and workflows for research. Leaders share resources and best practices and invite discussion to help participants identify new workflows and strategies that fit their research and learning needs.

  • When: Monday, Nov. 1, 11:40AM–1:00PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom

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