Learn how to help students become better writers during upcoming UCITE session

Over the past 20 years, many colleges have realized that a single writing course is insufficient to teach the required level of skill in academic discourse and research expected from college-level writing.

The SAGES program, with its focus on intensive writing over multiple courses throughout a student’s career, culminating in an individual capstone project, represents Case Western Reserve’s recognition of the need for students to become competent writers and communicators. Emphasizing writing for students requires knowledgeable professors, however.

The next two University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) sessions will feature experts in writing who will present on what professors can do to improve the writing abilities of their students. The presenters will include Kim Emmons, director of Writing Programs; Megan Jewell, director of the Writing Resource Center; and Erika Olbricht, SAGES instructional coordinator.

In the first session, presenters will discuss syllabus and course design strategies. They will focus particularly on structural issues, such as how much time to allow for writing, activities to promote revision, peer review strategies, syllabus design, how to include the Writing Resource Center and more.

This UCITE session will be held Thursday, April 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room on the ground floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library building (at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road). Use the Adelbert Road doors.

Pizza, sodas and water will be provided at this session. To help estimate the amount to order, RSVP to ucite@case.edu.