CO300 Professional Development Workshops

“Grade Norming for Multimodal Projects.”  So you are all excited about integrating more multimodal projects in your sections of Writing Arguments.  What’s stopping you?  Maybe consternation (or just a little insecurity) about assessment.  Beth Lechleitner (whose own consternation makes her highly qualified) and Laura Thomas will facilitate this assessment norming session for wannabe multimodal pedagogues.  Also welcome are CO300 instructors who already teach multimodal assignments and would like to share their wealth of experience or perhaps confirm, refine their approaches.

Dates:                  Early October, exact date TBA

“Audiences:  Invoked/Addressed/Unintended.”   Ed Lessor facilitates a discussion of audience in the social media era using the two Ede and Lunsford essays from the CO300 reader to ground a conversation about the complexities of teaching audience in multimodal compositional environments. Discussion will center on integrating these theoretical texts with CO300 coursework with a focus on practical classroom activities and assignments.

Dates:                  Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12

Time:                   4:30-5:30 p.m.


Workshop for CO300 Instructors

CO 300 Workshop: Making the Most of the New Textbooks
When: Mon., May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Eddy 2
Presented by the upper-division composition spring team: Kate Kiefer, Beth Lechleitner, Christina Sutton, and Laura Thomas

Join us for a half-day workshop focused on integrating one of the new textbook selections into your CO300 course. The workshop is for current and prospective CO300 instructors who plan to adopt one of the new recommended texts. It includes a discussion of strategies for designing syllabi and assignments as well as hands-on time to collaborate with fellow instructors. RSVP to by May 16 please.

Check your email for more details.

Upper Division Composition Workshop: Textbook

Upper Division Composition Workshop on Rhetorical Analysis: A Brief Guide for Writers.

Tuesday, February 28 from 11 am-12 pm  in the Eddy Library, aka the Philosophy Library (323D—along the west end of the building)


Wednesday, February 29 from 4-5 pm in the Whitaker conference room.

Beth Lechleitner will lead an in-depth look at this text which was among those previewed at the roundtable discussion at the beginning of the month, (no need to have attended the introduction to all five texts to attend and benefit from this one.) Key features of the text will be highlighted, some recommended activities enumerated, and we will explore how this text, which is a particularly good choice for veteran instructors of CO300, can be integrated with Readings in Rhetoric for Advanced Writers (RRAW).

If you were not able to attend this week’s session on A Little Argument, but would like to look at that text more closely, review copies are available for check out from Kate Kiefer.  She also has a few copies of the handouts from the workshop. And Beth is happy to talk with you about either of these books.

Upper Division Composition Workshop: Textbook

Upper Division Composition Workshop on Nancy Wood’s Essentials of Arguments and Perspectives of Argument: This workshop will focus on how each of these well-written and engaging texts can be used to help our upper division students write and analyze arguments effectively. Join Christina Sutton on Tuesday March 6th or Wednesday March 7th in the Whitaker Conference Room from 3:30-4:30pm.

Upper Division Composition Workshops: Introduction to Teaching CO300

Upper Division Composition Workshop: Introduction to Teaching CO300. This is a series of three workshops for those who have not yet taught 300 but are interested in doing so in the future. Each one builds on the previous one, so the whole series provides an orientation to the goals and objectives of the course as well as examples of how current instructors have designed syllabi and assignments to achieve those goals and objectives. In sum, people need to go to all three if at all possible and that’s the expectation set for those who have committed to attending. The dates for this series of workshops are:

  1. Thursday February 23rd, in the Whitaker Conference Room at 2:00-3:30pm.
  2. Thursday, February 16th in the Whitaker Conference Room at 2:00-3:30pm.
  3. Thursday, March 1st in the Whitaker Conference Room at 2:00-3:30pm.


Upper Division Composition News: Spring, 2012

We’re working on several workshops this spring, both to introduce the newly recommended titles of textbooks for CO300 and to prepare new teachers of CO300. More details about each session will appear in coming weeks in the newsletter calendar. Specific information about places and times for the sessions will appear in the newsletter and in email notifications. Please contact Kate Kiefer with any questions about the topics of upcoming sessions.

Week of Feb 6 – Roundtable on the CO300 textbook review process and recommended list
Week of Feb 13 – First session of “New Teacher of CO300” series –
Week of Feb 20 – A Little Argument
Week of Feb 20 – Second session of “New Teacher of CO300” series
Week of Feb 27 – Rhetorical Analysis
Week of Feb 27 – Final session of “New Teacher of CO300” series
Week of March 5 – Well-Crafted Argument
Week of March 26 – Essentials of Argument/Perspectives on Argument
Week of April 2 – Syllabus design, 1
Week of April 9 – Syllabus design, 2

Our first session, the Roundtable on the textbook review process and the recommended list of titles will run on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 12:30-1:30 pm and on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 4-5 pm in Natural Resources 112. Please join Kate Kiefer, Ed Lessor, Bev McQuinn, and Debra Walker for one of these sessions for a brief overview of the final five books after our comprehensive textbook review.

CO300 Textbook Roundtable

Please join us for a roundtable discussion of our CO300 textbook review process and outcomes. We’ll hold sessions in NR112 on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 12:30-1:30 pm, and on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 4-5 pm. Ed Lessor, Bev McQuinn, and Debra Walker will give brief overviews of the five new texts on our recommended textbook list. We will also address key questions and preview the follow-up workshops dedicated to a single text on the list.

For those of you currently teaching CO300, we hope that you will consider adopting one of these texts for fall. Although very different, all five better accommodate our upper-division students’ sophistication and range of experience in their disciplinary courses than the current recommended texts. But anyone can continue to submit an alternative syllabus to the Director of Composition to teach any textbook of choice in CO300.