Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Writing Center Presentations, Suburban Campus Writing Groups, and Fishbowls

The Center for Writing-based Learning would like to remind you to schedule your informational presentations for Winter 2011. Presentations are a great way to get your students excited about utilizing the Writing Center’s services at your campus or online.

To schedule your presentation at the Loop or Lincoln Park campuses, visit http://condor.depaul.edu/writing/instructors/invite.html.

To schedule a presentation at one of the suburban campuses, please email Tom McNamara at tmcnamar@depaul.edu.

Presentations are about fifteen minutes in length and will include a demonstration of our online scheduling service as well as a quick tour of the resources available to students on our website. A writing center consultant who works at your campus will deliver the presentation and take any questions from both the students and you. Furthermore, the consultant can also lead a discussion about how the Writing Center can aid your students as they tackle work specifically for your course.

Please note that the Suburban Campus Writing Groups begin Saturday, Jan. 15th at the Naperville, Oak Forest, and O’Hare campuses at 10 am, a valuable resource for students who live in the suburbs. Meeting on Saturdays throughout the term, these groups allow students to work on their writing in an atmosphere that promotes the sort of collaborative and active learning valued by SNL. Most importantly, the groups allow students to practice reading and responding to the texts of others, allowing them to develop critical reading skills that they can utilize when assessing their own texts. Also, our Lincoln Park and Loop Writing Centers open on January 10, and students are welcome to schedule one-on-one and online appointments.

Finally, please consider scheduling a Fishbowl Workshop for your class. Fishbowl Workshops allow instructors to invite representatives from the Writing Center to his or her class to model effective peer response for in-class writing workshops. During a Fishbowl Workshop, tutors engage students in providing effective response and can even help facilitate peer review sessions. To schedule your Fishbowl, visit http://condor.depaul.edu/writing/what/SCWG/fishbowl.html.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email Tom McNamara (tmcnamar@depaul.edu) or consult the Writing Group page on the Writing Center website (depaul.edu/writing). Please encourage your students to use their services!

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