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The Writing Center

Workshops for Faculty



Creating Effective Writing Assignments

Presenter: Justin Bain, Writing Center Director

 A common frustration for faculty is that students do not produce the type and level of writing that is expected. This workshop, designed for teachers at all levels of experience, will introduce elements of designing and creating effective writing assignments, including format and structure, activating prior knowledge, and designed intent. We will also discuss strategies for creating opportunities for student discussion and engagement. Attendees will have the chance to create new assignments or revise current assignments.

Dates/Times: 
September 29, 3:00-5:00pm, CU Anschutz: Ed 2 North 2302
Registration is closed

October 2, 4:00-6:00pm, North Classroom 4014
Registration is closed


Scaffolding Assignments and Meeting Course Goals

Presenter: Justin Bain, Writing Center Director

One of the central elements of effective teaching is scaffolding assignments in order to enable student learning and achieve course goals. In this workshop, we will define the four types of course goals and identify what those goals are for your course. Building on your specific goals, we will work backwards from the final course assignment to create a sequence of activities, experiences, and assignments unique to your course.

Dates/Times: 
October 6, 3:00-5:00pm, CU Anschutz: Ed 2 North 2102
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October 9, 4:00-6:00pm, North Classroom 4014
Registration is closed


Grading Writing: Comments, Rubrics, and Grades

Presenter: Justin Bain, Writing Center Director

Grading writing is one of the most difficult tasks that faculty members face. However, this task can be made both easier and more effective—not to mention quicker—by following some specific principles and strategies. Based on how students read and respond to comments, attendees will learn how to focus their reading, how to comment effectively, and how to use rubrics and grades to enable student learning and success. Time will be allocated in the workshop to practicing reading and commenting on student writing.

Dates/Times: 
October 13, 3:00-5:00pm, CU Anschutz: Ed 2 North 2302
Registration is closed

October 16, 4:00-6:00pm, North Classroom 4014
Registration is closed


Teaching Critical Reading

Presenter: Justin Bain, Writing Center Director

Many scholars have articulated the importance of the reading/writing connection in education, but while faculty often assign reading (textbooks, journal articles, etc.), we typically do not spend much time teaching how to read effectively. This workshop provides instruction on strategies for effectively taking notes, critically engaging readings, and enabling students to synthesize and use source materials in academically proficient ways.

Dates/Times: 
October 20, 3:00-5:00pm, CU Anschutz: Ed 2 North 2302
Registration is closed

October 23, 4:00-6:00pm, North Classroom 4014
Registration is closed


Teaching Writing in Canvas

Presenter: Justin Bain, Writing Center Director

If you aren’t currently using Canvas to teach writing, you should be. Our LMS enables a seamless connection between assignments, submissions, peer reviews, grades, and revisions. Attendees will learn how to create assignments and modules in Canvas, use Turnitin effectively, and enable and evaluate constructive peer review. We will also discuss grading strategies and models in Canvas that make grading quicker and more productive.

Dates/Times: 
Date, Time, North Classroom 4014

Please email Writing.Center@ucdenver.edu for more information.​



Tools for Teaching Writing: Adapting to Short Semesters

Presenter: Justin Bain, Writing Center Director
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

This workshop is designed for those teaching Summer and Maymester courses who are interested in ways to integrate writing into their courses. The workshop will cover the redesign of course goals and activities, including how to adapt current assignments to short-term courses, how to scaffold in-class activities, and how to design and grade assignments.

Dates/Times: 

Please email Writing.Center@ucdenver.edu for more information.​


Faculty might also be interested in our workshops on Writing a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.), Writing Effective Grant Proposals (Spring only), and Crafting a Literature Review. Sign up for these workshops on our Workshops page