Looking for new ways to assess student learning in your course? Video assignments can be used to encourage higher-order thinking, learner engagement, communication skills, and collaboration. In this workshop, participants will discuss best practices for developing video assignments and learn how the assignments can be posted, accepted, and graded through eLC and Kaltura, UGA’s video platform that is integrated with eLC. Details
This two-hour workshop will provide faculty with resources, strategies, and templates for integrating writing into discipline-specific courses to improve student learning, writing, and engagement. Participants will learn research-based principles for teaching writing in the disciplines and best practices for effectively assigning and assessing writing without overburdening faculty workload. In collaboration with other faculty, participants will have the opportunity to revise existing writing-intensive courses or develop new writing-intensive courses for their programs. Participants will also learn about the Writing Intensive Program, the Writing Fellows Program, and other sources of support for faculty teaching writing in the disciplines. At the end of the session, Franklin College participants should be prepared to submit a course proposal for the Writing Intensive Program 2018-2019, and all participants will leave the workshop with plans for a new or improved writing-intensive course. Details
We are enduring an era of unprecedented climate change in the world, but so too is the ecosystem of ideas and knowledge under constant threat. In the ecosystem of ideas, and particularly the niche of higher education, books are a keystone species. What are the functional traits of books and other forms of long-form communication that we can leverage to ensure the resilience and sustainability of this ecosystem? And how can the lifecycle of ideas adapt at each stage, from research to teaching to review to publication? Director of Princeton University Press, and longtime scholarly publisher, Christie Henry, invites faculty and students to tour this ecosystem, looking at the evolution of ideas to book proposals and manuscripts, new species of books, and how the book is enduring in new landscapes.
The digital landscape has provided an amazing array of new niches for communication, and yet a preponderance of fake news and shortened attention spans are the equivalent of invasive species in ecosystems. How can teaching, writing, and publishing adapt in a way that ensures the vitality of the ecosystem of knowledge, and provide a sustainable flow of nutrients to continue to animate the power of ideas and communication? This talk will look at the lifecycle of scholarly authors, and how the publishing world illuminates opportunities for the ongoing evolution of writing. Participants will then consider what these opportunities mean for writing in the higher education curriculum and academic careers. Details
Charismatic megafauna have long been used by conservation and wildlife agencies to engage the general public—polar bears and pandas just two examples. There are species of charismatic books that can be equally vital to conservation, and to conversation: books for general readers. These books, often described as trade books, engage the public in ways that enlighten, educate, and endure. And in an era of severe climatic threats to knowledge, these books can help fortify the scholarly endeavor by cultivating new species of readers. This workshop is intended for faculty contemplating writing for general readers, and will focus on the importance of public communication of ideas, the necessity of author platforms, the potential of agents, and the taxonomy of trade publishers. Details