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The Complexity of Individual Learning

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education includes an interview with Todd Rose that discusses the complexity of information about individual learning styles.  The article itself is short and moves into discussions of sharing data generated by large-scale learning systems like MOOcs.  But the TED talk embedded there does have relevance for our writing program, as we work to not only individualize and understand individual learning trajectories, but to help students unpack and document their literacy acquisition trajectories.


Confusion is a good thing?

This article, From Inside Higher Ed, might be an important idea for the ways that we teach some of the complicated concepts in our courses.  It talks about the idea that confusion can possibly be an important way to get students to learn:


Conference on Writing Program Administration (CWPA) 2014

2014 CWPA Conference

July 13-16 CWPA Workshop ~ July 17 CWPA one-day Institutes ~ July 17-20 CWPA Conference

Illinois State University hosted the Conference for Writing Program Administrators in Summer 2014. The conference was a great success (we think!) and we’re looking forward to the 2015 conference in Boise, Idaho.  We’ve kept the conference program up on the site, in case folks who attended the conference need that information for their records.


Fall 2014 Writing Program Orientation & Fall Summit

The Fall 2014 Orientation Schedule is now available. Orientation for all new Master’s and PhD instructors begins on Thursday, Aug. 7 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 13. In addition, the Writing Program Fall Summit is being held on Friday, Aug. 15. This event is required for all new and returning MA and PhD instructors. The schedule for the Summit and the optional work day on Thursday, Aug. 14 is now available.

Remember, you can also view upcoming events on our Calendar.

Podcast 5 – Experimental Teaching Group

Today, Chamere Poole spoke with members of the Writing Program’s Experimental Teaching Group about introducing and assessing uptake genres in the writing classroom.  Teaching Group members who took part were Elizabeth Williams (facilitator), Rob Rowan, Julie Bates, Angela Sheets, and Michelle Wright-Dottore.

Full Podcast (mp3 – 30 MB)

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