Friday, March 1, 2013

Online Course on Using Writing for Teaching and Learning in the College Classroom

  • Do you frequently find yourself frustrated by student writing?
  • Do you wonder how to address student writing issues when you are trying to teach your content?
  • Do you spend too much time giving feedback on student papers? 

If so, consider taking EA 541 Teaching with Writing in Any Course 

Credits: 2

Offered: Online from 6/17/13 to 7/28/13.

Course Description: This two-credit online course (six-modules) for teachers in any discipline focuses on making the most of writing as a tool for teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate courses. In the course, teachers will explore practical ideas for in-class writing assignments that initiate discussions and provide quick input regarding student learning. Teachers will also learn strategies for developing assignments and providing feedback while maximizing efficiency and minimizing frustration. Opportunities to share ideas and receive coaching on current writing assignments and ways of giving feedback are included. This course does not have prerequisites; however, those taking it should have undergraduate or graduate courses that they wish to develop or revise and experience teaching at the college level that they can draw upon for discussions.

What Previous Participants Have Said:

“First, take it! Do plan your schedules so you can delve into the assignments--they prompt reflection and imagination.” – Catherine Marienau

“I know my concern about this class was that it was going to require me to increase my time teaching and grading. However, much to my surprise, if I change a few things, I may be able to help my students improve their writing without increasing my workload.” – Lu Rocha

“If you are debating about taking the course seriously consider changing your schedule so you can. It will make teaching easier and more rewarding.” – Barbara Donnelly

“Be prepared to be surprised by how many things you’re already doing right, how many others you’re doing that can hamper students’ progress, and best of all, how many genuinely useful ideas and techniques you will learn from the readings and from your classmates.” – Carolyn Allen

About the Instructor: Michelle Navarre Cleary is an Associate Professor, Coordinator of Writing, and Associate Dean of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at DePaul University's School for New Learning. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Theory from Northwestern University and has taught at Northwestern and Olive-Harvey College. She has published in several journals, including Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, WPA: Writing Program Administration, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College. Her current research is motivated by two questions: How do adult students develop as writers when they return to school? How can the teaching of writing to adult students be improved? To learn more, see 

To Take the Course: Please fill out the online application as a School for New Learning, graduate, non-degree seeking student: The $25 application fee will be waived. Have official transcripts from each institution attended sent directly to Sarah Hellstrom at the address below.Once these items have been received, your admission will be processed and the Graduate Office will reach out to you regarding registration steps.

Sarah Hellstrom Associate Director of Graduate Programs | School for New Learning| DePaul University 14 East Jackson Boulevard Suite 1400 Chicago, Illinois 60604-2201 Tel: (312) 362-5744 | Fax: (312) 476-3220 |

DePaul Tuition Waiver: To use the DePaul University part-time faculty tuition waiver, please fill out the form here: Submit the form to Jenny Prey: or drop it off at the SNL front desk and the receptionists will put it in her mailbox.

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