Innovative Teaching Award 2015

New Deadline: Friday, April 17

The deadline for the Innovative Teaching Award 2015 is fast approaching.We are looking for innovative assignments for English 110! All postdoctoral fellows, graduate teaching assistants, and part-time faculty are encouraged to apply. Click here to download Application Guidelines.

Handouts and Video from Brown Bag: Alternative Feedback Technologies

In case you missed the first Brown Bag of the semester, “Alternative Responses: New Grading and Responding Technologies” (2/17/15), here you’ll find some resources from the session.

  • Click here to download Carolyne King’s handout on using Jing, free screencast software, to give visual and/or spoken feedback to a student on their project.
  • Click here to download Jill Flynn’s handout on using Speed Grader on Canvas to give feedback to students in multiple forms: comments, drawings, highlighting, audio/video recording, etc.
  • Lastly, click here to listen to  Carolyne talking to the Brown Bag group about the potential uses (and limitations) of Jing. (Unfortunately, the projector stopped working halfway through the session so we weren’t able to record Jill Flynn’s discussion of Speed Grader on Canvas.) We hope to use this feature of the Faculty Commons to make future Brown Bags more accessible to those who can’t be physically present.

Spring Faculty Retreat, Friday, 2/06/2015

8:00-8:30 AM—Breakfast and Welcome

8:30-9:00 AM—Announcements

9:00-10:00 AM—ENGL 110 Goals and Practices
 10:00-11:00 AM—ENGL110 Online Presentation and Roundtable

11:00-11:15 AM—Break

11:15-12:15 PM—Workshop: New Assignment Peer Feedback (Please bring five print copies of an assignment with you.)Composition Spring 2015 Retreat

12:15-12:30 PM—Final Questions and Adjourn

See PDF for  more details.

Brown Bag, Tues. 11/11: Teaching in the Internet Age

The final Writing Program Brown Bag of the semester is upon us, and you really don’t want to miss it! This Tuesday, November 11 at 11:00 am, Lauren Hornberger will discuss a professional practice that is increasingly in demand: online writing instruction. Lauren’s session will be particularly useful because she approaches the subject in terms of both pedagogy and praxis. You can be sure you’ll walk away from the session with a better understanding of why and how writing is currently being taught online, as well as some practical, concrete strategies and resources for doing so. (See the Fall Brown Bag  flier for more details.)
Pearson Hall
Because of the technological components of this session, we are moving from our usual location to the lovely Faculty Commons in 116 Pearson Hall (click on the map to the right). Light snacks will be provided as usual.
Please contact Kiley Dhatt (kileynd@udel.edu) or Jane Wessel (jwessel@udel.edu) with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Brown Bag, Wed, 10/08: Don’t Wait, Remediate!

Unbelievably, the second Writing Program Brown Bag session of the fall semester is already upon us! This coming Wednesday, October 8, at 11:15 am, Michael McCamley, Janel Atlas and Caitlin Larracey will lead us in a roundtable discussion of “remediation” assignments for the writing classroom.

In contrast to its historical meaning in education, “remediation” is a term that has been taken up in recent years by compositionists interested in how, in our increasingly digital age, writing and rhetoric translates across media (that is, how it can be “re-mediated”) to new genres, audiences, and purposes. Our panelists will share remediation assignments they have used successfully in their own English 110 classrooms, and invite you to bring any questions or ideas you may have for bringing this kind of work into your teaching.

As usual, we will hold our Brown Bag session in the Memorial 3rd floor lounge, and snacks and beverages will be provided. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Kiley Dhatt (kileynd@udel.edu) or Jane Wessel (jwessel@udel.edu).

We very much hope to see you there!

Follow Up: Jay Dolmage Brown Bag on Universal Design

Last week, the UD English Department was extremely fortunate to host Jay Dolmage, Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo and scholar of disability, rhetoric and writing. In addition to his fantastic talk, “From ‘Disabled Upon Arrival’ to Academic Eugenics,” and the many other ways he gave his time, Jay led the first Composition Program Brown Bag session of the year on Universal Design.

As a substitute for those who missed the excellent session, or as a supplement for those who attended, you can download the notes from Jay’s Brown Bag here.

Also, as promised, Jay has shared his Tipsheet for Universal Design for UD writing teachers to use in their classrooms. This document has also been posted as a permanent link under the “Resources” tab of the Composition Program website.

Our gratitude goes out to Jay for his sheer generosity in sharing his expertise, ideas, and time with all of us at UD. Thanks, too, to those who attended the first Brown Bag and came with thoughtful questions and comments for Jay. Don’t miss our next Brown Bag session on “re-mediation” this Wednesday, October 8 at 11:15 am (Memorial 3rd floor lounge)!