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Authentic Writing in Physics: Helping Students Develop Their Inner Scientific Voice

November 22nd, 2016

The Call for Proposals for Department & Program WID Projects yielded five high-quality proposals this fall, making the selection process for W2017 a challenging one.  Congratulations to the Physics team of Jean-Francois Briere, Nadim Boukhira and Jonathan Sumner, whose project involves a redesign of Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, which are the first and last…

Call for Proposals: WID Department & Program Projects W2017

October 1st, 2016

Writing in the Disciplines at Dawson invites faculty members to submit proposals for department and program-based projects focused on writing, critical thinking and active learning in the disciplines.  Building on the college-wide presence of WID Writing Fellows and Spring Institute participants, these projects add a new level of WID support for innovations in instructional and…

Intersections of Writing & Studio Practice: OCADU Workshop at Ped Day

September 30th, 2016

Where do visual and textual imaginings meet?  Very often in the artist’s journal, where ideas can move fluidly between colour and form and words and phrases.  Sometimes, words and phrases become forms and colours, and vice versa. In education, the desire to draw distinct borders around different categories of thought, expression and argument – a…

Research Sightings: Low-stakes Writing is a High Impact Teaching Strategy

May 16th, 2016

WID Fellow Melanie Beck (Mathematics) passed on this recent Edutopia article on how low-stakes writing is employed across disciplines at University Park Campus School, a high school in Worcester, MA. If you browse the text article, you’ll find a host of simple but effective ideas for in-class thinking and writing, all of which are adaptable…

WID Spring Institute 2016 – Understanding and Working with Sources

May 15th, 2016

The annual WID Spring Institute will take place on Wednesday, June 1, from 9:30am-3:30pm.  The focus this year is on effective approaches to teaching students how to understand and work with sources.  Most students come to college without a clear understanding of how knowledge is produced in the disciplines, and that means that writing tasks…

Call for Participants: Faculty Writing Fellows F2016-W2017

March 3rd, 2016

The Call for Participants for the F2016-W2017 Faculty Writing Fellows is now open.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 23, 2016.  Interested?  Browse the work of the Writing Fellows on the Teaching Portfolio page.   There are now 67 Writing Fellows in 25 different departments & programs – but we are always on the…

Is Creativity Valued in Higher Ed?

January 31st, 2016

According to Patrick Sullivan, co-editor of “What is College-level Writing?” (2006) and English professor at Manchester Community College (CT), the answer is “Not so much.”  In his recent article “The UnEssay: Making Room for Creativity in the Composition Classroom,”  Sullivan outlines recent interest in education circles in promoting creativity as a habit of mind, and…

Rethinking Your Writing Assignments for W2016? Consult with WID

December 3rd, 2015

Does the approach of a new semester have you rethinking old approaches to writing assignments, or creating entirely new ones? Consider consulting with WID on the clarification of assignment objectives, the design of the writing process, format options, and approaches to feedback and evaluation.  There are 67 Fellows in 25 departments and programs across Dawson,…

Call for W2016 Department and Program WID Projects

October 14th, 2015

Writing in the Disciplines at Dawson invites faculty members to submit proposals for department and program-based projects focused on writing, critical thinking and active learning in the disciplines.  Building on the college-wide presence of WID Writing Fellows and Spring Institute participants, these projects add a new level of WID support for innovations in instructional and…

W2015 WID Recap

August 31st, 2015

W2015 finished up with two year-end WID events in May and June.  At the final meeting of the 2014-2015 Faculty Writing Fellows, participants presented their teaching portfolios and met the incoming 2015-2016 Fellows.  Watch for the upcoming publication of new teaching approaches and materials from Geoffrey Pearce (Geography), Dipti Gupta (Cinema and Communications), Karla Gruodis…

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