Workshops

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.

To protect the health and safety of the Miami community, Fall 2020 workshops will take place virtually.


Fall 2020 Workshops 

Teaching Writing Effectively in Online Environments (4-part series)

Facilitators: Ann Updike, Larysa Bobrova, Caitlin Martin and Mandy Olejnik
Location: Online (we'll send you a Google Calendar invitation with the meeting link)
Open to: Anyone teaching a course at Miami in Fall 2020

This four-part series will help faculty and graduate teaching assistants design and scaffold effective writing assignments, set up effective peer review and peer support, provide support for international students, and facilitate effective peer interactions and discussions in an online environment. Attendees are encouraged to attend all four sessions but welcome to attend any number that works for them.

  • Part 1: Assignment Design and Scaffolding, Tuesday, August 25 (with Caitlin Martin) or Wednesday, August 26 (with Ann Updike), 11:40AM—1:00PM
  • Part 2: Peer Response and Peer Group Support for Writing Assignments Tuesday, Sept. 1 (with Ann Updike) or Wednesday, Sept. 2 (with Mandy Olejnik), 11:40AM—1:00PM
  • Part 3: Supporting International Students Online, Thursday, Sept. 3 (with Larysa Bobrova, Director ELLWC), 11:40AM—1:00PM
  • Part 4: Online Discussions and Student Interactions, Tuesday, Sept. 8 (with Caitlin Martin) or Wednesday, Sept. 9 (with Mandy Olejnik), 11:40AM—1:00PM

Please be advised that each date is capped at 20 attendees. We want to ensure maximum participation opportunities in a synchronous online environment. If you are not among the first 20 people to register for a session, we'll let you know and place you on a waiting list. 




Combating a Surveillance Culture in Online Learning:
Creating Safe Environments for Deep Learning in Online Teaching Environments

An HWAC Reading Group

Facilitator: Elizabeth Wardle
Location: Online (we'll send you a Google Calendar invitation with the meeting link)
Open to: Any full-time faculty member teaching at Miami in Fall 2020

This reading and discussion group will read short texts to help them consider issues of surveillance, inequity, and mistrust of students that are magnified in online environments. We will ask together how we can build trust with students to create spaces for deep learning online. We will consider the surveillance aspects of LMS environments, discuss ethical concerns with Turnitin, and consider how to ensure our focus is on equitable and engaged learning rather than policing. Discussions of the same reading will be held on two different days in the week in order to make it easier to attend. Participants are asked to attend all three discussion days in order to build trust and knowledge with other participants.

  • Part 1: Tuesday, Sept. 15 or Wednesday, Sept. 16, 11:40AM—1:00PM
  • Part 2: Tuesday, Sept. 29 or Wednesday, Sept. 30, 11:40AM—1:00PM
  • Part 3: Tuesday, Oct. 13 or Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11:40AM—1:00PM

Please be advised that each date is capped at 10 attendees. We want to ensure maximum participation opportunities in a synchronous online environment. If you are not among the first 10 people to register for a session, we'll let you know and place you on a waiting list. 



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