August 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm

New Faculty Learning Community | Improving Learning Using Effective Writing Assignments

Using writing assignments (technical, creative, persuasive, summative, etc.) to support and assess learning will be the focus of a new Faculty Learning Community.

“Whether you or your colleagues have ideas to share or need support in developing new assignments, please join or recommend this collaborative group, a faculty learning community called Improving Learning Using Effective Writing Assignments in Any Discipline,” says Dr. Kim Thompson, lecturer in Environmental & Plant Biology. The FLC’s goals are to:

  • Identify common challenges for students as they undertake writing assignments and prioritize areas where we can have the greatest impact.
  • Develop effective and authentic writing activities that stimulate thinking on topics related to specific learning objectives.
  • Strengthen in-class support for students to as they become effective and ethical writers, with respect for diversity and avoidance of plagiarism.
  • Develop assessment strategies that are manageable for the grader while maintaining rigor.

There will be six meetings throughout the 2018-19 school year. Members will be asked to collaborate on developing resources to be used for (1) in-class support for student writing and (2) grading strategies. Each member will develop a comprehensive writing activity for a course that includes learning outcomes and an assessment. “We will also develop a set of recommendations to be shared at the college level,” adds Thompson.

 Interested participants should send a statement of interest to Thompson at The statement should include a brief bio statement, the name of the course for which you would like to develop or improve a writing activity and the typical class size for that course. The limit for the FLC is 10 participants.

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