The 2024 Fall Institute for Teaching with Writing

Session I, Monday, August 5, 10 am-12 pm: Low-Stake Writing Assignments and Writing Rubrics that Work 
Session II, Wednesday, August 7, 10 am -12 pm: Teaching with Writing using Models, Examples and Even AI

Both sessions will be held in person in the Hanson Center for Communication. Participants can register for one or both sessions.

Session I: Monday, August 5.

10:00 am: Low-Stakes Writing  

Low-Stakes Scribbles: In-Class Writing to Generate Engagement. Newell Ann Van Auken, Division of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures. 

Using Targeted Writing to Build Student Skills and Confidence. Justin Cosner, Department of Rhetoric 

11 am: Writing Rubrics 

Align and Refine: Designing Rubrics Aligned with Course and Assignment Goals. Tamar Bernfeld, Center for Teaching. 

Customizing Your Rubrics: Options and Implications. Carol Severino, UI Writing Center. 


Session II: Wednesday, August 7.

10 am: Using Models and Examples to Teach with Writing  

Easing into Workshopping: A Staggered Approach to Teaching Professional Writing. Christine Blaumueller, Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core, Carver College of Medicine.  

Capitalizing on the Upside and Minimizing the Downside of Using Models to Teach Writing. Dawn Anderson, College of Law 

11 am: AI Roundtable  

Student Perceptions of AI Effectiveness in Drafting and Editing Business Communication Writing Assignments. Pamela Bourjaily, Tippie College of Business. 

Increasing Critical Thinking and Writing Instruction with AI. Carl Follmer, Tippie College of Business.  

Using AI as a Writing Coach. Deirdre Egan, UI Writing Center. 

How it started

The first Institute for Teaching with Writing took place during the 2020-2021 winter break. A series of four virtual two-hour workshops, it brought together fourteen faculty and two graduate students from fields as diverse as nursing, education, philosophy, international relations, and sociology to talk about how to incorporate more writing into their courses. Motivated by a collective love of language and desire to support the development of student writing skills, participants designed and workshopped formal and informal writing assignments, engaged in discussions about multimodal writing assignments, and heard about successful writing assignments from a panel of faculty from History, the College of Business, and Psychology. The Institute included a keynote talk by Brad Hughes, emeritus Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Institute was supported by the Department of Rhetoric, the Obermann Center and the UI Center for Teaching.


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