Festival of Teaching

Festival of Teaching FoT Write On

The University of Alberta’s annual Festival of Teaching is a year-round celebration of excellence and innovation in teaching.  Our goals are:

  • to open multiple avenues for the U of A community to engage in a broad exploration and discussion of teaching and pedagogical methods, and
  • to work in partnership with groups and units across campus to create and augment stimulating events with a pedagogical focus.

 

Upcoming FoT Events

Conversations with Dr. Chris Thaiss

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Education 276

  • Dr. Chris Thaiss, Clark Kerr Presidential Chair and Professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

Wondering about writing? Drop by for coffee and conversation with Dr. Chris Thaiss, Clark Kerr Presidential Chair and Professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California. Dr. Thaiss is the author of Writing Programs Worldwide. Second language writing, writing in the sciences, and alternate writing assignments and more: he'll be ready to talk about it all!

 

FoT Writing across the Disciplines: Worldwide Phenomenon, Local Applications

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Noon - 1:30 p.m. | Education North 2115

  • Keynote: Dr. Chris Thaiss, Clark Kerr Presidential Chair and Professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

As technologies for communication continue to improve, the roles of writing in learning and teaching have become ever more important and varied in higher education across the globe. Students, instructors, and researchers with diverse language backgrounds and across all disciplines write to learn and to share their understandings and new findings. How we as teachers and campus leaders design and enact ways to make that writing more productive for students contributes greatly to their success. This presentation draws on examples from different countries and from recent research to suggest ways to make student writing more successful and meaningful in our classes across disciplines.

 

FoT CAMPUS SAINT-JEAN Writing across the Disciplines: Worldwide Students, Local Linguistic Variations

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Salle Historique – Campus Saint-Jean

  • Presenter: Dr. Chris Thaiss, Clark Kerr Presidential Chair and Professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

As technologies for communication continue to improve, the roles of writing in learning and teaching have become ever more important and varied in higher education across the globe. Students, instructors, and researchers with diverse language backgrounds and across all disciplines write to learn and to share their understandings and new findings. How we as teachers and campus leaders design and enact ways to make that writing more productive for students contributes greatly to their success. This presentation draws on examples from different countries and from recent research to suggest ways to make student writing more successful and meaningful in our classes across disciplines and to help us re-think how we approach the writing of second language students as valuable resources in multilingual and translingual contexts.

 

FoT AUGUSTANA Writing across the Disciplines: Worldwide Phenomenon, Local Applications

 Watch the livestream at: www.augustana.ualberta.ca/liveevents

Friday, November 21, 2014 | Noon - 1:30 p.m. | AUGUSTANA Mayer Community Room – Performing Arts Centre

  • Presenter: Dr. Chris Thaiss, Clark Kerr Presidential Chair and Professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

As technologies for communication continue to improve, the roles of writing in learning and teaching have become ever more important and varied in higher education across the globe. Students, instructors, and researchers with diverse language backgrounds and across all disciplines write to learn and to share their understandings and new findings. How we as teachers and campus leaders design and enact ways to make that writing more productive for students contributes greatly to their success. This presentation draws on examples from different countries and from different programs to suggest ways to make student writing more successful and meaningful in classes across disciplines and in the Augustana Certificate in Writing program.

 

Conversations about Writing Reading Group

As an extension of Dr. Chris Thaiss’s presentation, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) invites you to join a reading group for faculty across the University. The first book in our discussion is a free download at this address:

http://wac.colostate.edu/books/l2/

WAC and Second-Language Writers: Research Towards Linguistically and Culturally Inclusive Programs and Practices
Edited by Terry Myers Zawacki & Michelle Cox.
Copy edited by Don Donahue.
Afterword by Chris Thaiss.

For more information and to register for the Reading Group, please register here.
Conversations about Writing Reading Group