June 12, 2000--10
am to 2 pm: Standards and Expectations for Writing of Beginning Skidmore
is a Foundation Requirement of the Skidmore curriculum. But beyond the
writing seminars and writing-intensive courses, what are the standards
and expectations we hold in 100- and 200- level courses. How do we help
students meet those expectations? How do we respond to student writing
that is clearly below these expectations?
The session will
include an examination of papers from first-year students from Liberal
Studies 1 and writing seminars along with papers that received awards
from the English Department.
of Expectations for first-year writing developed during the workshop.
June 13, 2000--10
am to 2 PM: Standards and Expectations for Discipline-based Writing
Building upon the
articulation of basic college literacy from Day 1, we'll shift our attention
to the standards and expectations for writing students do in their discipline-based
courses. By examining sample student papers from discipline-based courses,
professional style manuals, and writing guides, participants will begin
to develop a list of expectations for students writing in their discipline.
The session will
examine the relationship between disciplinary expectations for writing
and standards and expectations for basic college literacy. In addition,
participants will examine the similarities and differences
among the standards and expectations of the disciplines represented
in the workshop and will discuss what faculty can do to help students
understand and navigate these distinctions.
June 14--10 am
to noon: Publishing your Writing Guidelines on the Web
at Skidmore have already already created web pages for their own writing
guidelines. Dan Curley, Classics,
and Michael Clapper and Amelia
History, will join the workshop to discuss what led them to create
such a resource, how they determined what information to include--and
exclude--in their guidelines, and how they chose to design their guidelines
for the electronic environment. Most
importantly, they will discuss strategies for integrating the writing
guidelines published on the web into courses.
1 PM to 3 PM:
Banner, Training and Documentation Coordinator for CITS, leads a
two part workshop on creating web pages. The first half of the session
will discuss principles of web page design. The second half of the session
is designed for faculty participants who have little or no experience
in creating web pages. Phylise will introduce participants to the fundamentals
of html scripting and how to use Dreamweaver 2.0 to design web pages.
to have Dreamweaver 2.0 installed on your office computer.
June 15, 2000:
This day is set
aside for participants to gather research and resources on writing in
their discipline, meet with other faculty members in their department,
draft web pages, and consult with the workshop leaders.
June 16, 2000--9
am to noon: Presentations of Plans for Web Pages
in the Workshop will make a report on the contents and design of his/her
web page, focusing on specific issues they are facing in developing
writing standards for their discipline and in designing their web pages.
will reconvene in August for a half-day meeting to present their completed
web page and discuss and critique the products among themselves.
workshop participants will share their web pages with members of their
departments to gain suggestions for revision and, ultimately, the department's
endorsement of the information presented in the web pages.
October 27, 2000,
3:30-5:00: Pedagogy Session-"Standards for Writing in the Disciplines."
Based on the work
of the Standards and Expectations/ Writing in the Disciplines Workshop,
workshop leaders and participants will lead the October pedagogy session
to open up the discussion of standards and expectation in writing to
the larger Skidmore community.