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.

J-Term and Spring 2021 events will take place remotely, via Zoom.


J-Term Events 

Authentic Assessment in Large Courses

Co-hosted by the HCWE and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Participants will consider principles for authentic assessments and how they can be enacted in large courses. Guest presenters Stacey Lowery Bretz (CHM), Scott Sander (EDT), and Mike Brudzinski (GLG) will share examples of their assessments.

  • Monday, Jan. 11, 11:00AM—12:30PM

This session is full. We look forward to seeing all attendees virtually on Jan. 11!



Comprehensive Course Assessment Review and Improvement Workshop

Co-hosted by the HCWE and the CTE, with presenters Brenda Quaye, Gregg Wentzell, Ellen Yezierski, and Caitlin Martin

Course planning involves many considerations and decisions related to the students, curriculum, instructional methods, and assessments. In this workshop co-sponsored by the CTE and HWCE, you will address key assessment considerations by engaging with a new tool that facilitates a comprehensive review of the assessment techniques and materials for a course. Next, you will work with colleagues to identify ways to bolster the quality of assessment in your course to effectively document and evaluate student learning aligned with your learning goals. Bring to the session: A draft syllabus of one course for spring in addition to a few assessment tools/instruments/prompts from the course.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10:00AM—12:00PM

 

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Teaching to Your Goals: Backward Assignment Design (2 parts)

With the Howe Writing Across the Curriculum team: Elizabeth Wardle, Ann Updike, Mandy Olejnik, Caitlin Martin, and Will Chesher

All faculty members and GTAs are invited to attend this two-morning workshop, on Zoom, to revise or design a major writing assignment for a Spring course. Each day will include discussion about research regarding assignment design, then provide space for working and getting feedback. At the end of the workshop, participants will sign up for one-on-one feedback with an HCWE staff member the following week. Please plan to attend both sessions.

  • Session 1: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 10:00AM—12:00PM 
  • Session 2: Thursday, Jan. 14, 10:00AM—12:00PM

This workshop 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.

 

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Self-Care in Times of Stress: Setting Your Intention for the Spring Semester

With Ann Updike, Associate Director of the HCWE

Start off your Spring semester by exploring wellness activities, trying out a few self-care practices, and then setting your self-care intentions for the upcoming semester. Additionally, you'll learn about the 3-session reading group we're hosting during the Spring semester (Wednesdays in Feb. & March) to discuss readings on topics such as the impacts of stress, the importance of self-care, the benefits of various self-care practices, and other topics of interest to the group. Meeting to take place on Zoom.

  • Friday, Jan. 22, 2:00PM—3:00PM

This session is full. We look forward to seeing all attendees virtually on Jan. 22!

 


Spring 2021 Events 

Designing Assessments for Deep Learning (3-part series)

With Caitlin Martin, Graduate Assistant Director at the HCWE

Do you ever wonder if your students are actually learning what you hope they’ll learn in your course? Do you want to develop meaningful assessment for your program, major, or department? Did you attend either of the HCWE’s or the CTE’s winter term workshops and now want to keep your conversation about assessment and student learning going? If you said yes to any of these, this workshop on developing assessments to understand deep learning is for you.

In this 3-part workshop, participants will discuss deep learning and assessment strategies and have time to collaboratively (re)design an assessment for a learning site of their choosing (classroom, program, major, department). This workshop series is designed to support faculty in thinking about multiple kinds of assessment and the connections between levels and approaches. In Session 1, we will discuss theories of deep learning and consider the kinds of learning we’re asking of our students. In Session 2, we will build on this conversation with strategies and principles for assessing learning in multiple ways. Session 3 will be a collaborative working session for participants to (re)design an assessment for their class. Interested participants should plan to attend all three sessions, which will take place on Zoom from 10:05AM—11:20AM.

  • Session 1 (Tuesday, Feb. 2): What is deep learning and how—and where—does it happen? 
  • Session 2 (Tuesday, Feb. 9): What is authentic assessment and how do I do it? 
  • Session 3 (Tuesday, Feb. 16): Collaborative assessment (re)design workshop

Each session 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.

 

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Self-Care in Times of Stress: Reading, Discussion, & Activity Group

With Ann Updike, Associate Director of the HCWE, and guests

As we enter another semester of remote teaching, Zoom meetings, and continued uncertainty around the pandemic, a practice of self-care will become even more important to get us through. Join colleagues on three Wednesdays in February and March to discuss readings on topics such as the impacts of stress, the importance of self-care, the benefits of various self-care practices, and other topics of interest to the group. The readings and discussion are intended to help us care for ourselves (and thus others) in order to relieve stress and encourage concentration, creativity, and resilience. Each session will also include time to practice what we are learning. All sessions will take place on Zoom, from 2:50PM—4:10PMYou need not attend all sessions. 

  • Session 1, with Ann Elizabeth Armstrong (Theater): Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2:50PM—4:10PM 
  • Session 2, with Yoga Teacher Tanuja SinghWednesday, March 3, 2:50PM—4:10PM
  • Session 3, with Vrinda Kalia (Psychology): Wednesday, March 17, 2:50PM—4:10PM

Each session is capped at 12 attendees. We want to ensure maximum participation opportunities in a synchronous online environment. If you are not among the first 12 people to register for a session, we'll let you know and place you on a waiting list.

 

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Writing in a Time of Crisis (4-part series)

With faculty and graduate students from the Miami writing community

Join us on four Fridays after HCWE open Writing Hours to talk with colleagues about strategies for writing, especially in times of stress or crisis. Guests will talk about how they have been getting various kinds of writing done, what’s been helpful and hard for them during COVID, and what some implications are for their teaching. Attendees will learn about colleagues’ lived experiences with writing and reflect on their own writing and teaching of writing. Bring your own lunch so that we can have “virtual lunch” together. You are welcome to attend one or all four of these sessions. All sessions will take place on Zoom, 12:00PM—1:20PM.

  • Feb. 19: Finishing a book-length project during COVID with Annie Dell'Aria (Art History) and Anita Mannur (English)
  • March 5: Writing and researching in a lab during COVID with Jay Smart (Psychology)
  • April 2: Collaborative writing during COVID with Gaile Pohlhaus, Keith Fennen, and Elaine Miller (Philosophy)
  • April 23: Dissertating during COVID with Jennifer Edwards (EDL), Justin Chandler (English), and Carrie Ann Sharritt (Biology)

Each session 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.

 

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Guided Peer Review Tools — Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) and Eli Review

With Ann Updike, Associate Director of the HCWE, and Will Chesher, Graduate Assistant at the HCWE

Every writer needs a reader. Even though we know both student writers and reviewers learn from the peer review process, incorporating writing and peer review in larger courses can seem unmanageable. At this workshop, we'll provide an overview of the online tools Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) and Eli Review that can help you engage students (of any course size) in meaningful, guided peer review while discussing best practices and procedures. These tools will allow instructors and students to work together to ensure the peer review process is a meaningful experience for all. This workshop will take place on Zoom.

  • Monday, March 22, 10:05AM—11:20AM

Session 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, we'll let you know and place you on a waiting list.

 

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