Wednesday, July 24, 2013

One-Day Workshop on Writing Assignments to Promote Transfer

The one-day workshop on writing assignments to promote transfer will be held on Monday, August 19th, from 9:30-noon and 1-3:30pm in the Union Building, room 231/232. The workshop will be conducted by Professor Rebecca Nowacek of Marquette University.  This is a rare opportunity for us to work with a specialist in the field of writing transfer, so please consider taking advantage of this chance.  Please contact Michael Sinowitz ( for more information.  All faculty members are invited to attend.


Designing Assignments to Promote Transfer of Learning

Faculty often bemoan students’ seeming inability or unwillingness to draw on their prior learning (writing-related and otherwise) in new contexts.  In this workshop, participants will learn more about specific obstacles to the transfer of writing-related knowledge, as well as develop strategies to facilitate integrative learning.  More specifically, drawing on their own experiences in the classroom as well as the research provided in this workshop, participants will engage in a process of “backwards design” of writing assignments and in-class activities to promote transfer of learning within a single course and across multiple courses. These discussions of integrative learning will also consider the special contexts of interdisciplinary classrooms and multidisciplinary learning communities.

Rebecca Nowacek is Associate Professor of English at Marquette University, where she directs the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center.  Rebecca's research focuses on writing across the disciplines and writing transfer.  Her publications include Agents of Integration: Understanding Transfer as a Rhetorical Act (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011) and Citizenship Across the Curriculum (Indiana University Press, 2010); her work has also appeared in College Composition and Communication, College English, Research in the Teaching of English, and the Journal of General Education.  Rebecca was a Carnegie Scholar with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of
Teaching and Learning, and the 2012 recipient of Marquette University's Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

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