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Just a reminder everyone, that we’ll be having professional development events on the Thursday/Friday before the semester starts (that’s January 9th & 10th).
We’ll send out more detailed information about all the events soon, but here are the basic dates and times so that you can arrange your schedules. Click Here to Read More.
At our request, Anis Bawarshi was kind enough to provide us with an extensive bibliography of research on learning transfer.
We’re attaching it here, in case any of you are interested. The WP would be happy to host a reading group next semester, if anyone is interested!
Our new course requirements for ENG 101 and ENG 145 strongly encourage instructors to ask students to do genre research on and to write for different kinds of “research-based” publications.
Obviously, we would like it if many of our instructors would choose to have their students create articles for the Grassroots Writing Research Journal, but the following link includes an enormous list of different publication venues that might be appropriate for undergraduates.
Why not at least try an assignment where students research these venues?
For the Fall 2013 Speaker Series, the Writing Program will be pleased to welcome Dr. Anis Bawarshi on October 21st and 22nd. Please see our Sneak Preview Flier for more information.
“Accounting for Genre Performances: Why Uptake Matters”
October 21st at 7PM in Stevenson 133
Genre, Activity Theory, and Pedagogy
October 21st & October 22nd/afternoon & evening sessions in Stevenson 133
Establishing personal contact with your students is very important. In addition to standard e-mail, ReggieNet offers two types of e-mail tools to keep in touch with your students. The Course Mail tool takes place entirely through ReggieNet, which can be helpful in that all e-mails from students will remain in ReggieNet. The Email Tool, on the other hand, forwards messages from ReggieNet to your ISU e-mail address (ULID@ilstu.edu). The downside for the Course Mail tool is that you must login to ReggieNet to check these messages – hence, if you aren’t logging in daily, you might be missing important messages from your students.
Click “Read More” to view CTLT videos on both these tools.
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Related Posts: E-mail Communications Pointers and Teaching the Genre of E-mail
ReggieNet offers two tools for leading online discussions, the Discussions tool and the Discussion Forums tool. To avoid confusion, I recommend only using one of these two tools – below, we have CTLT videos for each tool.
The Discussions tool is the one you’ll have by default. It offers good links within ReggieNet, particularly if you’d like to use the Modules or Announcements to link to your individual discussions. However, the Discussions tool is a pain when it comes to grading. To grade your discussions, you first need create an item in your gradebook for each discussion, and then manually connect it to the discussion you’re grading.
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Here’s a list of basic administrative tasks you’ll want to address using the Site Editor tool in ReggieNet.
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