Goldie Blumenstyk writes about “What One Student Learned by Teaching His Peers” in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education.
Scholars Day is almost here! If you are participating in the poster session, check out the CAC resources on how to create an effective poster.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last evening’s workshop on prompts and feedback! Thanks, especially, to Emily Rollie, Carina Olaru, and Kam Williams for helping to facilitate the conversation. You can find electronic copies of the handouts on the faculty resources page (see prompts and feedback; specific prompts can be found on the ILA and GP pages).
One favorite prompt from last night is Emily’s unessay–an assignment that challenges students to think creatively and critically. Carina also recommended The Craft of Research as a way to help students move from a question to a problem to an argument in the research process. Thanks again to everyone who made the workshop a success!
Learn more about changes to MLA style, particularly with electronic sources, on the MLA website.
Ben Causey shares ideas for how you can use infographics to help students brainstorm or present their work in “Infographics: A fun, multimodal tool for student thinking and writing.”
“Having Access Doesn’t Make It Accessible”: Thinking about Audience in the Public Digital Humanities
“Going public means more than going digital and more than imagining an anonymous ‘general audience'” writes Cameron Blevins in “Going Public: The Primacy of Audience in Digital Public Humanities.”
The Writing Center will be closed on Thursday, March 24th, and will reopen on Tuesday, March 29th.
Do you want to reward students’ writing process along with their final product? Gary R. Hafer reports on the benefits of using Peter Elbow’s “Contract for B” system, which he describes as “effort-aware grading” in his article “The Unexpected Benefits of Grading Effort and Habit.” A similar approach, based on meeting/exceeding set criteria but without the legal metaphor, is called Specification Grading.
The Writing Center will be closed during spring break. It will be closed during Thursday, March 3rd, until Sunday, March 13th. It will reopen Monday, March 14th at 3pm.