The Ruth S. Ammon School of Education Technology Committee decided to make this year’s goal the following: using electronic platforms to provide guidance, feedback and scoring of writing within the discipline assignments.
Many faculty I’ve spoken with have expressed the desire to help their students become better writers and more critical thinkers. While students arrive at college with a wide range of abilities in these areas, there are things we can do to help them move forward from wherever they are. Some ways we can further this goal include: assigning carefully selected readings, providing clearly written directions for writing assignments, giving students a clear set of criteria to follow in order to score well, defining an audience in our writing assignments, visiting the writing center, and providing feedback to students that elicits improvement in their critical thinking, their ability to make connections and issues of structure and style in their writing.
In an effort to take an active role in helping our students improve their writing, the SOE Technology Committee broke up into sub-committees to do the following:
Aside from our monthly meetings and subcommittee work, many of us attended the Writing Intensive two-day workshops given by the FCPE. This workshop clarified some productive things to focus on, including the following:
The School of Education Technology subcommittee was chaired by Emilia Patricia Zarco, HPE and Cynthia Proscia, HPE. The members of the subcommittee are as follows: Dana Battaglia, CS&D, Matthew Curinga, C&I, Robert Danielowich, C&I, Susan Eichenholtz, C&I, Kevin Mercier, HP, Mary Jean McCarthy, C&I, Lisa Minicozzi, C&I, Yula Serpanos, CS&D, Aaron Hung, C&I, Fayth Vaughn-Shavuo. Ex-Officio members are Thomas Jennings, FCPE, and Kerry Nicolett, IT. Matt Lavery, Director of the Writing Center, also provided guidance and support for this project and the WID workshops were taught by Michael Matto, Associate Professor of English and Writing Program Director, and Belle Gironda, Instructional Designer in the FCPE. Support for those workshops was provided by the Provost’s Office and the FCPE.