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Friday, June 24 • 09:00 - 09:50
CON10.01 - Reinventing a First-Year Multidisciplinary Writing Course through Student-Centered Learning

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The learning outcome of this session is to provide insight on the practice of integrating pedagogical theories of student-centered learning, constructive alignment, authentic assessment, and collaborative instruction into a first-year multidisciplinary writing course. Over the course of a year, we have reinvented a first-year online multidisciplinary writing course into a hybrid format that strives to increase student engagement and performance. The former version of the course had statistically poor results in student experience, retention, and grades. In order to increase these aspects, we modified the course through the implementation of in-class tutorials, assignment rubrics, relevant student topics, and practice-based resources. We have seen that through assessing students on a range of tasks and providing students with the rubrics prior to submission, they are more likely to take risks in their writing, and ultimately improve their individual writing styles and creativity within the spectrum of expected academic writing standards.


In this session, we will share our first-hand experience in conjunction with pedagogical theory and evidence of the progress thus far in our curriculum redesign. We will use a visual presentation, discussion of our first-hand experience in conjunction with pedagogical theory, and evidence of the progress thus far in our curriculum redesign. This is an interactive session that will allow participants to engage in discussion on these topics.Attendees will be encouraged to share their own experiences in facilitating student-centered learning, engaging students in large first-year courses, and other topics we will be discussing. We are still in the process of further improving this course and welcome attendees to share ideas of successes and overcoming challenges.

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Alexandra Gayowsky

Alexandra Gayowsky is an instructor in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor. In addition to teaching, she spends time advising first and second year students in FAHSS and focusing on curriculum design, student motivation, and authentic... Read More →
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Marissa Reaume

Marissa Reaume is an instructor in the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She has an MA in English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing and has been teaching at the university level since 2010. Marissa also advises first and second year... Read More →


Friday June 24, 2016 09:00 - 09:50
UCC 37

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