January 25, 2013
- Unconference on Reading and Writing
- Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Location: University Union, Heritage Room
- Description: What is an "Unconference?" It's an "open source" way of coming together to share information on topics of mutual interest. In this case, the topic will be teaching reading and writing at WIU. The "unconference" format has become a popular way of sharing information at universities. The "Unconference" will take place on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the University Union, Heritage Room.
The format is a simple one. Interested persons come together and quickly decide on what topics are of interest. This is done by voting. The topics that get the most votes will be the ones discussed. Say that there are 50 people at the unconference and six topics receive the most votes. Those six topics are then assigned a room (or corner of a big room). People go to the topic of most interest to them, and talk about it. After an hour, they break up. Then, they go into the area assigned to the other topics and talk about them. Notes are taken during the group sessions and posted to the Internet, end of unconference.
Why reading and writing as the focus? Reading and writing well are fundamental to student success--and to WIU's. Reading and writing take place across the disciplines and in each of the colleges. There are many methods and tools to teach these skills. No one person knows them all. Together, though, we know, and can share, a great deal. That's the point of this Unconference, sharing what we know about what works and does not work and what just might work if only we try it out when teaching reading and writing.
For more information, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/unconferencewiu/.
If you are interested, please contact William Thompson at WA-Thompson@wiu.edu. Please let us know what topics you want to discuss.
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