The WIC team would like to congratulate the 12 faculty participants of the Fall 2020 WIC Seminar.
Through five weeks of Zoom meetings, Canvas posts, and reflection logs, participants in the 2020 Fall Seminar explored topics such as connecting course learning outcomes and WIC learning outcomes, responding to student writing, and using informal writing exercises to help students both write to learn and learn to write in disciplinary ways. In addition, guest speaker Kristy Kelly (Assistant Director of Writing in SWLF) talked about peer response, particularly about how to guide students in effective peer view while teaching remotely.
One silver lining of the pandemic is that with the WIC faculty seminar happening remotely, Cascades and Ecampus faculty were able to join in. One participant in LaGrande had taken the seminar in 1998 via phone calls and cassette tapes with Vicki. This time she joined colleagues in Corvallis, Bend, and Virginia in our weekly Zoom meetings. We plan to keep seminar accessible for all OSU faculty moving ahead
Post-seminar evaluations offered useful tips for next year’s seminar and highlighted how much participants appreciated connecting with and learning from fellow faculty about what works and what doesn’t. They mentioned enjoying learning from interdisciplinary views, the camaraderie found in our meetings and on the canvas discussion boards.
For my part, I learned firsthand why former WIC director Vicki Tolar Burton says the seminar was always a highlight of her year. It was a pleasure and privilege to learn with the seminar participants:
- Yong Chen, Applied Economics
- Mindy Crandall, Forestry
- Penny Diebel, Applied Economics
- Jenna Goldsmith, American Studies; Writing
- Jessica Gorman, Public Health/Health Behavior
- Ren Guo, Mathematics
- Janell Johnson, Animal and Rangeland Sciences
- Andrew Lorish, Studio Arts
- Taylor Rhodes, Economics
- Janet Tate, Physics
- Michael Trevathan, Political Science
- Breezy Winters, Studio Arts