The WIC Team is happy to announce our spring event series for 2022. For the third year, all events will be held via Zoom. While the remote modality precludes WIC’s regular provision of pizza, it has also allowed for greater scheduling flexibility, and this year’s events will be offered in a variety of time slots. In light of this change, it may be more appropriate to refer to this year’s “Spring Lunch Series” as a “Spring Snack Series,” albeit one which is strictly BYO Snack. You can register for spring events with this link.
Here is this year’s line-up:
Helping Students Read Disciplinary Texts
Friday, April 8 (OSU Week 2), 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Reading academic texts is challenging, especially for readers who are encountering particular kinds of texts for the first time. In this workshop, three faculty members will share tips and strategies you can use to help your students engage more effectively with difficult texts.
- Stephanie André (English, Central Oregon CC) will describe strategies she uses in writing classes, including Writing 121.
- Sheri Jordan (English, Blue Mountain CC) will describe the “Reading Apprenticeship” framework and how it supports reading across all disciplinary areas.
- Shawn Massoni (Microbiology, OSU) will describe how he uses journal clubs in science classes.
This interactive workshop will include time to think and talk about how to apply strategies in our own teaching, and to ask questions.
Led by: Stephanie André (English, Central Oregon CC), Sheri Jordan (English, Blue Mountain CC) and Shawn Massoni (Microbiology, OSU)
Supporting Multilingual Student Writers
Friday, April 22 (OSU Week 4), 1:00-2:20 p.m.
In this session, Kelley Calvert, Writing Center Coordinator for Multilingual Support, will begin by discussing strategies to support multilingual writers in the classroom, with a focus on taking an asset-based approach to multilingualism. Following this introduction, Academic Support staff will join in the discussion around the topic of supporting multilingual writers. There will be time for questions and answers with a multiplicity of perspectives and strategies represented.
Led by: Kelley Calvert, Multilingual Support Coordinator, OSU Writing Center
Another Angle on Assignments: Tips and Insights from Writing Consultants
Friday, May 6 (OSU Week 6), 3:00-4:20 p.m.
Writing consultants are trained to support their peers through on-on-one conversations about the writer’s process and draft. Consultants work with students across all majors and encounter a variety of assignments. A panel of writing consultants will describe assignment features that writers often finding confusing, as well as assignment features that help students understand their writing tasks, and that support their work as writers. After the panel share their perspectives, there will be time for attendees to ask consultants questions about these observations or other aspects of their work.
Led by: OSU Writing Consultants
Understanding and Supporting Transfer Students in WIC and Beyond
Friday, May 20 (OSU Week 8), 2:00-3:20 p.m.
36% of OSU undergraduates transfer here, bringing with them multi-faceted lived experiences, identities, and abilities that differ from those of non-transfer students. Understanding who these students are and what they bring to OSU will help us as faculty better draw on their past experiences, and better support them as learners in our classes. In this dialogue with OSU Transfer Transitions Coordinator Erin Bird, you will have a chance to learn more about our transfer student population, and about the strengths and needs of this growing part of our undergraduate population. Additionally, discussion surrounding non-transfer students’ transfer credits will be shared to shape awareness of all students enrolling in WIC-based curriculum.
Led by: Erin Bird, OSU Transfer Transitions Coordinator
Reflecting on Teaching and Revising Classes and Assignments
Monday, June 6 (OSU Week 11), 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Teaching is a work in progress, and whether we’re heading into summer teaching or looking ahead to fall, now is a good time to reflect on what’s working and to think about revisions. This might be anything from the high level of overall class design, down to the fine-grained level of creating or tweaking low-stake classroom exercises. Wherever the level of change you are contemplating, join WIC Director Sarah Tinker Perrault and fellow WIC faculty from 2:00-3:20 on Monday, June 6th, for a guided discussion that will help you create a plan.
Led by: Sarah Tinker Perrault, WIC Director