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Writing in the STEAM Fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math

Friday, April 17, 2015 | 9:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Lower Level L1-430

This one-day conference will bring together researchers from across Canada who have examined thousands of writing assignments and interviewed dozens of faculty members in an effort to understand the role of writing in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, education, and the arts.

Three audiences will benefit from hearing these talks:

  1. Instructors in the disciplines named above will gain a broader understanding of how writing is used in a similar department at another university. This may provide ideas for how they might use writing in their courses at the University of Alberta, or it may confirm that the genres of writing they use are similar across institutions. 
  2. Writing studies researchers and instructors will gain insight into what kinds of writing students do in their disciplinary courses, and then will also gain insight into why instructors in those fields assign that writing. 
  3. Secondary school teachers and administrators will gain a broader understanding of the writing demands their graduates will face across a wide variety of disciplines at universities, knowledge that may help them reflect on how to best prepare their students for these demands. 

To register for the sessions of interest to you, please click here to review the program and identify which sessions you would like to attend.

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About Us

Would you like to improve the writing of your students? Improve their learning of your lecture material? Are you looking for new ways to engage your students in your course materials? If this interests you, contact Roger Graves roger.graves@ualberta.ca or call 780.492.2169

What we do for individual instructors:

  • meet to talk about ways to incorporate informal (short, impromptu) writing assignments into any class, small or large
  • review via email any assignment you give students that has a writing component to help make it clearer for students and to help develop grading rubrics to improve the speed and accuracy of grading
  • visit your class to help students get started on your writing assignments

What we do for departments:

  • hold workshops on creating good writing assignments
  • host discussions of how to improve the writing of students in your programs
  • conduct reviews of writing assignments in your departments courses to identify exactly what your students are being asked to write—and to ensure that they have access to resources on how to write (online and on-campus)

What we do for students:

  • support student writers in the disciplines with a variety of interventions: lectures, online resources, and group tutoring