Fall Institute on Teaching with Writing: Session 1

Oct 1, 2021

02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Institute for Teaching with Writing

Creating Meaningful Writing Tasks: Breaking Assignments into Smaller Parts

How do we design meaningful formal writing assignments that engage and motivate our students?  How do we use smaller writing-to-learn tasks that scaffold and prepare them for those formal assignments as well as inform us instructors how they are learning what we are teaching?  How do we build multimodal elements into assignments to expand meaning-making opportunities? 

This workshop will focus on designing and sequencing formal, informal, and multimodal assignments and weighting our grading criteria to align with course and assignment goals. Participants will create an assignment sequence that they will bring to the second session in this series on Friday, October 8th. It is sponsored by the Writing Center, the Obermann Center and the Department of Rhetoric.

The Fall 2021 Institute on Teaching with Writing is a series of two virtual interactive workshops on teaching with writing. Faculty and TAs in all disciplines, departments, and colleges (particularly instructors outside of Rhetoric and English) who are interested in using writing to promote student learning are welcome. Participants are expected to attend both sessions. Registration required.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at

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