Monday, May 22, 2017

2 More Opportunities to Get Help at a Writing Boot Camp!

Do you have an incomplete grade? A final project that is dragging on? A current assignment that needs help?

Get help and finish your assignments or writing projects at one of this quarter's two remaining SNL Writing Boot Camps.

To register or for more information contact: snlwriting@depaul.edu with your desired session.  

Walk-ins are welcome! Walk-ins are encouraged!

To find out more about SNL Writing Boot Camps, watch LaTrice Jones, an SNL student, discuss her experience with SNL Writing Boot Camps:

*REMAINING* Boot Camp Dates and Locations
Wed., May 24, 2017: 5:30pm-9pm         Loop, 14 E. Jackson, Lab 1327
Sat. June 3, 2017: 9am-1pm                     Loop, ​14 E. Jackson, Lab 1325




Notes from the 2017 Teaching & Learning Conference

At this year’s Teaching and Learning Conference, SNL Writing presented in the Reflection and Metacognition session. Maria De Moya and Sydney Dillard from the College of Communication opened this session with an overview of reflective tools that instructors could bring into the classroom. Steffanie Triller, Kamilah Cummings and Nicholas Hayes closed the session with a conversation on how to use specifically design reflection questions to promote metacognition at various stages of an assignment.

SNL Writing shared typical reflective questions we have students answer at the end of each draft of a paper. These questions have students articulate what they are actually doing in their papers, what their strengths are, and what their weaknesses are. Fortified with this knowledge they will be able to lead their own improvements in their assignments rather than simply reacting to instructor comments. But the beautiful thing is that these types of questions are adaptable across disciplines.

Despite serving different populations and having different disciplines, both presentations recognized the deep benefit of fostering reflection especially as a way to engage in formative development before summative assessment. Participating in this session was a poignant reminder that although SNL has a particularly close relation to reflection it should be a skill that students learn to cultivate for themselves in any given situation. Crucially, these skill sets can help learners avoid the inefficiency of trial and error (“Practice-Based and Reflective Learning” and “Reflective Writing”).

Works Cited

“Practice-based and Reflective Learning.” University of Reading, 2016, libguides.reading.ac.uk/reflective.

“Reflective Writing.” Writing Center: School of Graduate & Professional Programs. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 2011, www2.smumn.edu/deptpages/tcwritingcenter/forms_of_writing/reflect_essay.php.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Winning Writing Showcase Entries Now Online

We're still celebrating all of this year's SNL Writing Showcase participants and our guests at Writing Showcase Live! It's not too early to start thinking about next year, eitherremind your students to download an application form for the 2018 Writing Showcase and submit their work to SNLwriting@depaul.edu anytime before April 1.

Be sure to check out the winning entries from 2017, too, which are now posted (with permission) on SNL's Writing Guide. Scroll to the bottom of the linked page and click on "Writing Showcase Winners" to reveal outstanding work from 2016 and 2017.

More information about SNL's Writing Showcase and other SNL Writing events can be found on the SNL Writing Guide. Happy writing!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Spring Writing Boot Camps Start Saturday, May 13!



Writing Boot Camps start this Saturday. SNL Students are encouraged to attend a boot camp where they can get help from SNL faculty on writing assignments.

To register: Email SNLWriting@depaul.edu

Walk-ins are welcome!

Date​:                                                             Location:
Sat., May 13, 2017: 9am-1pm                  O'Hare, Lab 204
Thurs., May 18, 2017: 11am-1pm            Online [Registration required]
​Sat., May 20, 2017: 9am-1pm                  Naperville, Lab 140​
Wed., May 24, 2017: 5:30pm-9pm         Loop, 14 E. Jackson, Lab 1327
Sat. June 3, 2017: 9am-1pm                     Loop, ​14 E. Jackson, Lab 1325