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Due to the popularity of our combined ePortfolio Cohort/WriteBites event last semester, this year, the Office of University Writing will begin hosting “WriteBites Chats.” The Chats will be held monthly, and will focus on discussion – what can we learn from each other; what strategies can we borrow from other programs and courses; what assumptions are we making about teaching writing or asking students to create ePortfolios that need to be re-examined, and what practices for teaching writing, reflection, visual literacy, etc. need to be reconsidered and revised? Sessions are listed below and cover a range topics designed to appeal to all faculty, including ePortfolio Cohort members and those with a particular interest in ePortfolios.

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Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Faculty often worry that their classes are too full to add writing assignments. But what if you could teach content, skills, and habits, while simultaneously helping students improve their writing ability? In this discussion, we will focus on how to use writing-to-learn strategies, including ways to use elements of ePortfolios to help students learn more content and develop deeper understanding.
Many students who are good at math-based assignments believe that they don’t need to be good writers. Scientists, engineers, accountants, financial advisors, and other “numbers people” know better. Likewise, too many students who are reasonably competent with words struggle when they have to understand numerical data or integrate numbers into their prose. Let’s talk about ways we’ve integrated textual and numerical information, the kinds of assignments we give, and the kinds of instruction and feedback students need to be successful in presenting, analyzing, and thinking with and about numbers, no matter what their major.
ePortfolios make the demands for visual thinking abundantly clear. There’s also research that suggests that we all benefit by thinking, planning, and organizing via visual thinking rather than limiting ourselves to linear structures like outlines or alphabetical presentations of ideas. Unfortunately, we don’t all know how to talk about or teach students to be effective with visual elements or use visual thinking to help students learn. In this discussion we’ll share ideas for visual instruction and assignments that invite visual thinking.
Though many teachers here at Auburn are creating great alternatives to boring assignments, we all too often fail to be creative in representing this work in performance reviews or for tenure and promotion. Let’s revisit alternatives to boring assignments for students, spend some time sharing strategies for helping our colleagues understand our investment in teaching, and think creatively about our own writing projects for the summer. How can we add value across all these domains as we find alternatives to the boring?

If you have ideas of topics you would like featured at future discussions, please contact us.

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Where Does it Happen?

ePortfolio Studio — 2056 RBD Library (look for the green wall on the south side of the Learning Commons)

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How to Register

*Registration is free, but it is required. Registration will open Fall 2018.

*Space is limited, so register early! Once registration is confirmed, please be on the lookout for an email from us regarding lunch orders. If you do not receive an email confirmation within one business day, please contact us.