General info, Spring 2013 workshop series

"Essential skills, essential conversations"

A workshop series targeting reading, writing, mathematics and critical thinking

The CAS Essential Academic Skills Committee would like to invite you to participate in a workshop series for faculty interested in collaborating to solve teaching problems and build more effective assignments.

February 22, March 22, and April 19
1:00 pm to 2:00pm, University Union Sandburg Lounge

In a series of three meetings, faculty will meet to share assignments and discuss pedagogical problems which they've experienced in courses, and share student work which indicates both successes and failures. EASC members will offer short presentations about topics of interest, as selected by attendees. Over the three meetings, faculty will revise assignments and/or build new ones intended to address the particular issues on the table. At our final meeting, we will discuss plans for continuing this work in the future. For a more specific schedule, see our web site (below). 

Participants will be asked to attend all three workshops, invited to participate in online discussions, and encouraged to contribute to online resources which target this work. Programming will last about an hour, though conversations may continue a little longer afterward. 

Faculty from all disciplines are welcome, and we will discuss assignments appropriate for a wide range of classes, from lower-division general education classes to courses for majors or graduate students.

The EASC will provide snacks at each meeting. We are working with the WIU administration to secure PAA points for participating in the workshops and submitting end products to the EASC. We hope to work together to generate online resources from these materials and other sources, as part of our long-term plan to improve the cultures of reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking at WIU. We believe faculty and students would both benefit from resources for teaching that have proven to be effective in our classrooms.

Register here!

Interested, but unable to attend at this time? Please let us know. We hope to accommodate as many interested faculty as possible.
Bradley Dilger,
Feb 19, 2013, 9:03 PM