Writing Pedagogy Institute

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The Writing Pedagogy Institute offers you the opportunity to infuse writing into your courses using evidence-based practices for writing pedagogy. Over two weeks of asynchronous activities and synchronous webinars, participants will explore topics related to writing instruction and course design, apply strategies to their own course contexts, and hear from faculty and staff involved with writing pedagogy on Queen’s campus. Robin will be available for individual consultations with participants throughout the two weeks the program is running.

Participants can pick and choose from Institute offerings, but those who attend all four webinars and complete the Feedback Fruits activity will receive a certificate of completion upon request.




Institute Components

Asynchronous Activities

When you sign up for any webinar, you will be added to the Institute’s associated onQ course within 1 business day. If you do not wish to attend any live webinars but still want to be enrolled in the course, email ctl@queensu.ca.

On-demand videos:

  • Student writing supports at Student Academic Success Services
  • Supporting writing with English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners
  • Strategies developed by other Queen’s instructors

Assignment Peer Review activity (May 13-19):

Participate in a peer review activity of your peers’ writing assignments and rubrics to gain valuable feedback on your work. We’ll use the educational technology Feedback Fruits within the Institute’s onQ site to upload and share assignments and feedback. Not only will you get outside perspectives on your own work, you’ll also get to experience online peer reviewing from the position of a learner, helping you identify the platform’s strengths and weaknesses if you choose to adopt it in your own teaching. This activity will be scheduled as follows; more detailed instructions are available in the onQ site:

  • by Thursday May 13 at noon:
         participants upload assignment and rubric for peer review
  • between Friday May 14 at noon and Monday May 17 at noon:
         participants complete peer review and upload feedback
  • between Tuesday May 18 at noon and Wednesday May 19 at noon:
         participants complete a reflective activity on feedback received

Live Webinar Descriptions

Authentic Assignments for Student Learning

Facilitated by Robin Attas, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30am, Microsoft Teams

In this interactive workshop, you’ll consider how writing will help your students learn, brainstorm discipline-specific genres that go beyond the term paper, and develop strategies for assignment design that highlight writing as an ongoing process rather than a single product, and hone your assignment handouts for maximum clarity with learners.

Designing and Using Rubrics

Facilitated by Robin Attas, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30am, Microsoft Teams

Learn more about the purpose of rubrics in assignment design, evaluate a variety of options to suit you and your students’ needs, and explore how to use a rubric alone or with a grading team for fair and effective assessment.

Giving Effective Feedback

Facilitated by Robin Attas, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30am, Microsoft Teams

This workshop will provide an overview of the different types of constructive feedback instructors and teaching assistants can give students to promote learning, and provide an opportunity for participants to practice the feedback process.

Peer Review

Facilitated by Robin Attas, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30am, Microsoft Teams

Learn about techniques for peer review in and out of the classroom, and then put your learning into practice. This session will include an overview of strategies for incorporating peer review into a course or assignment, and an introduction to online peer review software available at Queen’s.

Individual Support

Robin is available for individual consultations on writing pedagogy before, after, or during the span of the Institute. Email her at robin.attas@queensu.ca to book an appointment.