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Designing Curricula for Effective Writing with Scientific and Quantitative Data

Apr 29/14


Date: Apr 29/14
Time: 9:30 - 16:00
Location: Senate & Board Chamber (Waterloo Campus)
Cost: Keynote: Free. Workshop: $50

The Laurier Writing Centre and the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, in conjunction with the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto, invite you to join us for a keynote presentation and interactive workshop by renowned writing scholar and author Dr. John Bean.

John C. Bean (BA, Stanford; PhD University of Washington) is a professor of English at Seattle University, where he holds the title of "Consulting Professor for Writing and Assessment." He is the author of Engaging Ideas; The Professor's Guide to Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, 2nd edition (Jossey-Bass, 2011). He is also the co-author of three widely used composition textbooks. Since 2003 he has researched and written on the development of institutional assessment strategies that promote faculty conversations about teaching , learning, and curriculum design. In 2001, he presented a keynote address at the first annual conference of the European Association of Teachers of Academic Writing at the University of Groningen and is currently working with faculty at German universities on incorporating writing assignments into disciplinary subjects. In 2008, he and his wife Rosalie (Kit) Bean conducted workshops on critical thinking for BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh and in 2012 for Ashesi University in Ghana.

Join us for a presentation and interactive workshop on effective assignment design and curricula to improve students' writing with data, especially quantitative and scientific data.

To register for the keynote session please click here.

The keynote is open to all. 

To register for the workshop please click here

The workshop is open to faculty, instructional and teaching assistants, and doctoral students. 


Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 9:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Time   Session
9:15 a.m.  Check in and refreshments
9:30 a.m.


From Right Answers to Arguments: Using Short, Scaffolded Writing Assignments to Accelerate Students' Growth as Disciplinary Thinkers and Writers in Science and Mathematics. 

11:30 a.m.  Meet Dr. Bean
12:00 p.m.  Break
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Alternatives to the Term Paper: Designing Short, Low-Cost Writing Assignments that Promote Inquiry, Deep Learning, and Critical Thinking in the Classroom

Workshop Description

When asked to confront interesting and engaging problems,students come alive in the classroom. This interactive workshop focuses on ways to design short, problem-based writing assignments that will help students learn important concepts in your courses as well as skills of critical reading, analysis, and argument that are central to your discipline. The workshop will suggest a variety of ways for incorporating these assignments into your syllabus: as informal thinking pieces, as short formal assignments, or as tasks for small group problem-solving. We'll also discuss low-cost ways of grading student performance and handling the paper load. Participants should leave the workshop with hands-on ideas that can be immediately applied to the classroom. 

Contact: Siobhan Bhagwat
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext. 3507

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