Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm CDT August 19
Location: Todd Wehr Center, Jockey Room B
Prof. Linda Adler-Kassner from the University of California - Santa Barbara will this year’s Writing Across the Curriculum keynote speaker. The event will take place 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Aug. 19 in Jockey Room B of the Todd Wehr Center.
Keynote Workshop Description
As teachers, our goals are to enable students to learn. We want to build on what they bring, help them understand what it means to grow as intellectuals within and across our disciplines, contribute to their communities. This interactive workshop will take up questions associated with how we can facilitate this complex process: How do we help our students to move from novice to expert writers, readers, thinkers, and practitioners in our fields? How do we design writing assignments that will help students to engage in active knowledge practices, rather than merely using writing to repeat received information? How do we engage students’ ideas, identities, and experiences in order to create engaging writing, reading, and learning experiences?
We’ll think about these questions by considering what we mean by learning (and a bit about our students’ experiences of learning). Then, we’ll start to develop a framework that can guide students through a process of learning and intellectual development. We’ll start by identifying disciplinary threshold concepts, concepts necessary for epistemological participation in a discipline (and sometimes concepts that are difficult and troublesome). We’ll then work through writing, reading, and thinking strategies that can help students learn these concepts.
Since writing is everywhere, the strategies associated with questions of disciplinary threshold concepts, writing, and reading are relevant across disciplines (including, and well beyond, writing studies/composition). Prof. Adler-Kassner’s session will also draw attention to the ways that threshold concepts can be applied to the wider aims of critical thinking that students encounter in their first-year Western Heritage courses.
Linda Adler-Kassner is Professor of Writing Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she serves as Faculty Director for Innovative Teaching and Learning, and Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning. She also has taught thousands of students in courses ranging from first-year writing, aka freshman composition, to graduate courses in writing theory and pedagogy. In her multiple roles as researcher, teacher, administrator, and policy advisor, Prof. Adler-Kassner asks faculty and students to consider the structures and practices associated with knowledge-making (like reading and writing), so as to make these practices more accessible to teachers and learners. She is author, coauthor, or coeditor of more than forty-five articles and nine books, including Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies, Reframing Writing Assessment, and The Activist WPA. Prof. Adler-Kassner’s (Re)Considering What We Know: Threshold Concepts in Writing and Literacy, a collection co-edited with Elizabeth Wardle, will be published next year. Adler-Kassner and Wardle are also working on a new book, Writing Expertise: A Research-Based Approach to Writing and Learning Across Disciplines, which will be published by Macmillan.