July 31-August 11, 2006
Critical Reading and Writing in the Liberal Arts Core


Goal: Integrating critical reading and writing into courses through the use of practical strategies, including technology as appropriate, that are effective for teaching and learning.

: Jeffrey Weld, Associate Professor, CNS

Institute Leaders:

Karen Tracey, Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Marilyn Drury, Director, ITS Educational Technology

: This institute is designed for any instructor who wishes to use reading and writing assignments in their Liberal Arts Core classes more effectively. The institute also will help those interested in developing writing intensive Liberal Arts Core courses. Participants will explore strategies for writing across the curriculum useful for all disciplines and subject areas. Discussion topics will include how to design writing assignments, peer writing groups, plagiarism, evaluation of writing, and using written work for student outcomes assessment. The institute will explore a variety of educational technologies that support critical reading and writing, including WebCT, Weblogs, electronic portfolios and the use of electronic sources to enhance students’ reading and writing tasks. Technology support will be available to facilitate sharing best practices and teaching strategies on an ongoing basis.

The faculty learning community established during this summer institute will be continued through four academic year meetings as well.

DATES: July 31-August 11; 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Monday-Friday

Sponsored by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
and the
University of Northern Iowa