We hope to continue to offer this seminar in the future, and so would much appreciate your help as we refine and move forward with this project. I’d thus like to ask you to do some reflective writing in which you respond to any or all of the following questions:
What should we make sure to continue to do?
What might we do more of?
What could we perhaps do differently?
We may draw on your your comments as part of a report to the Mellon Foundation, so please don’t put your name on them. Instead use Guerilla Mail to email your reflection anonymously to John Paulas. He will organize them for our review. Thanks!
Have your laptop open with your course site displayed. Turn your screen to the middle of the room. Walk around, see what people are doing, and talk to them about it.
Some Closing Thoughts (For Now) From Me
I thought this week was at once exhausting and invigorating. I’m excited by the courses you are designing, and I think Berkeley is lucky to have you! Please don’t hesitate to contact me in the coming weeks and months. I’m eager to keep in touch.
Complete as much of your course website as you can. If you are having trouble figuring out how to post or format certain pages, posts, or widgets, save the content in Word or on paper. But try to have a demo-version of your course to show and talk about as part of our arcade tomorrow.
Email me the URL for your site before 10:00 tomorrow. I’ll post a list of links to your courses to this site.
Studio: Work on WordPress site
Conversation: Alex Brostoff, Alex Bush, Caroline Brickman, Taylor Johnston, Evan Klaxon, Marion Phillips, Luke Terlaak Poot, Daniel Valhalla, Irene Yoon, 2016–17 Koshland Fellows, “Designing and Teaching a R&C Course”
Fast Write: You are an accomplished academic writer. (Otherwise you wouldn’t be in this room.) Please write a brief story about a particular event in which you learned something useful about academic writing. Try to create as compelling a story as you can. Let your points emerge through how you describe the characters, setting, and action of your narrative. I’ll ask you to introduce yourself to the seminar through reading this story aloud.
Read Alouds: Please take some notes as you listen to your colleagues’ stories. What similarities do you notice in how they describe learning to write as academics? What differences?
Please draft the overview for your R&C course. You’ll have some time to review some examples of other overviews and to begin writing this afternoon. Please bring two print copies of this piece to seminar tomorrow morning.
Fast Write: What’s the most pressing question on your mind right now about how to design your R&C course?
This site will support the work of the second Summer Seminar in the Art of Teaching Writing, to be held at UC Berkeley from Monday 6/05, to Friday, 6/09/2107. The seminar is sponsored by the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities and the Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Fellows. I look forward to working with you!