Past Design Center Workshops

Spring 2016

  • Introducing Popular Culture in the Composition Classroom
    • Wednesday, April 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Led by Lisa Lisenbee
  • Teaching Infographics in Professional Writing Courses
    • Monday, April 18 from 12 to 1 p.m.
    • Led by Jen England
  • Student-Created Websites in the Classroom
    • Wednesday, April 27 from 1 to 2 p.m.
    • Led by Sarah Gzemski
  • Women, Technology, and Teaching Online
    • Thursday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Led by Jenna Bialostosky

Fall 2015

  • October 28, 2015 at 1 p.m., Design Center (014M Milton Hall Basement)
    • Incorporating Creative Writing and Visual Rhetoric in the Documented Argument: This workshop will discuss strategies for incorporating creative writing and visual rhetoric into composition courses like 111 and 211 with researched (documented) arguments.
    • Led by Design Center Coordinator Sarah Gzemski.
  • October 29, 2015 at 3 p.m., Design Center (014M Milton Hall Basement)
    • Pop Culture in the Composition ClassroomThis workshop examines ways ways to integrate popular culture into the composition classroom and will present examples of assignments instructors can use to teach argument deconstruction and construction, rebuttal, understanding credibility, and research as invention.
    • Led by Design Center Coordinator Lisa Lisenbee.
  • Friday, November 13 at 12 p.m.
    • Attitudes Toward and the Treatment of Minority Groups in Media-based Venues: This workshop tackles attitudes toward and the treatment of minority groups in media-based venues. It will push attendees to be more conscious and comfortable of the differed/different experiences of gender, race, class, disability, and sexuality, in the usage of technology, especially online discussion and overall accessibility.
    • Led by Design Center Coordinator Jenna Bialostosky
  • Thursday, November 19 at 4 p.m.
    • Computer Games and Composition: Fostering Critical Thinking and Rhetorical and Reflective Writing: Participants will learn about relevant scholarship on (computer) gaming and the writing classroom, specifically how digital game spaces afford students opportunities to think, “read,” and write more critically, rhetorically, and reflectively. Participants will explore computer games modeling the strategies students would be asked to engage with. Finally, participants will brainstorm and discuss activities that incorporate gaming into the writing classroom in meaningful ways.
    • Led by Design Center Coordinator Jen England

Spring 2015

  • February 3, 2015 at 1:30 p.m., Design Center (014M Milton Hall Basement)
    • Incorporating Digital Elements into Creative Writing Classrooms: This workshop will explore ways of using digital modes for assignments in the face-to-face and online creative writing classroom. Assignment prompts and evaluation rubrics will be provided.
    • Led by Design Center Coordinator Lauren Goldstein.
  • February 26, 2014 at 3 p.m., Design Center (014M Milton Hall Basement)
    • Conducting and Creating Visual Rhetorical Analysis: This workshop will first discuss some basic principles for conducting visual analysis and how that differs from textual analysis. Then, we will look at potential ways to articulate and showcase the analysis that are themselves more visually based.​
    • Led by Interim Design Center Director Jen England.
  • April 8, 2014 at 2 p.m., Design Center (014M Milton Hall Basement)
    • Transforming the Research Paper into a Multimodal Project: This open-ended workshop will be a space to share ideas for moving beyond the traditional textual research paper and transforming it into a multimodal project. Based on participants’ needs, possible topics include: websites, photography, graphics, video.
    • Led by Interim Design Center Director Jen England.
  • April 17, 2015 at 10 a.m., Design Center (014M Milton Hall Basement)
    • Storytelling and iMovie, part 2: This hands-on workshop will allow participants to make an iMovie, using technology in the Design Center. Participants will tell a story through photography, video, and narration. This is a follow-up workshop to last semester’s Storytelling and iMovie, but participants need not have attended the first workshop to participate in this one.
    • Led by Design Center Coordinator Jeannette Monsivais.

Fall 2014

  • September 24, 2014 at 1 p.m., Design Center (014M Milton Hall Basement)
    • Creating and posting podcastsWe will discuss the basics of creating podcasts through different platforms as well as posting those podcasts. Discussion will cover podcasting for teaching and professional purposes. Attendees will have time during the workshop to play with the podcasting platforms and practice podcasting basics. Led by Design Center Coordinator Lauren Goldstein.
    • This workshop can count toward the Writing Program Professional Development requirement.
  • November 4, 2014 at 11:45 a.m., Design Center (014M Milton Hall Basement)
    • Storytelling on iMovie: Writing and Critical Thinking in Multicultural ClassroomsThis workshop seeks to honor students’ histories and knowledges by creating space to share a story they know. This iMovie storytelling project allows students to reconnect with their own history and inform others through a process of research, writing, critical thinking, and rhetoric. We will discuss the basics of using iMovie and possibilities for developing student-based movie projects in writing classes. While geared more toward ENGL 111 and ENGL 211 classes, this workshop would be useful for any instructor teaching writing. Led by Design Center Coordinator Jeannette Monsivais.
    • This workshop can count toward the Writing Program professional development requirements. 
  • November 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m., Design Center (014M Milton Hall Basement)
    • Creating a Simple and Usable Course WebsiteWe will discuss the basics of web design and design principles. The workshop specifically covers these principles for developing a course website. Attendees will learn about various web platforms they might use to develop their own sites. Led by Design Center Coordinator Lauren Goldstein.
    • This workshop can count toward the Writing Program professional development requirements. 

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