Teaching with Writing Institute

Institute for the Teaching of WritingThe Winter Institute for Teaching with Writing runs from 10:00 am -12:00 pm on January 12th, 14th, 19th, and 21th, 2021. Participants are required to attend all four days.

Cosponsored by the Oberman Center, the Center for Teaching and the Department of Rhetoric.

Register for the Institute here

This series of four two-hour workshops is an introduction to teaching with writing. Topics include creating engaging writing assignments, responding to student writing efficiently and effectively, and using informal writing and peer workshops.

NOTE: All instructors welcome, but this series is primarily designed for instructors teaching content-oriented courses (i.e. courses in the social sciences, history, art, philosophy, and the natural sciences) rather than writing-focused courses.


Day 1: Tuesday, Jan 12 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Overview of teaching with writing (30 minutes): Brad Hughes, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Course adjustments 
Assignment design
HW: Revise or devise a draft of an assignment

Day 2: Thursday, Jan 14 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop revised or new assignments in small groups (30 minutes)
Designing multimodal assignments with writing
HW: Build multimodality into an existing assignment or design a new one

Day 3: Tuesday, Jan 19
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop multi-modalized assignments in small groups (30 minutes)
Efficiently, effectively responding to and assessing writing
Using informal writing
HW: Design two informal writing activities to incorporate into your course

Day 4: Thursday, Jan 21
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop informal writing assignments in small groups 
Panel of faculty across the disciplines who teach with writing (30 minutes)
Resources and plan for follow up 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Carol Severino in advance at carol-severino@uiowa.edu