WIS sponsors an annual, multi-day writing instruction workshops event near the beginning of each academic year for faculty who teach with writing. This opportunity offers faculty a chance to gain ideas and new practices on teaching and assessing writing, as well as a chance to work on their own course materials in the company of their colleagues from across campus.

This three-day retreat is usually held at Western's Shannon Point Marine Center nestles in the woods and near the water in Anacortes. All expenses for travel, lodging, food, and materials are covered. Visit the WIS events page for a summary of the event details or contact Julie.Dugger@wwu.edu

An additional stipend is available to retreat participants who choose to complete a mini-study and brief write-up identifying specific ideas/practices they gained from the retreat followed by a brief write-up within the current academic year.

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Submissions from 2015

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When Developing a Course Goal Becomes Developing Shared Norms, Brian J. Bowe

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Exploring a Threshold Concept in Kinesiology 306 Course, Harsh Buddhadev

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It’s All about That Base: Persuading Learners of Spanish as a Second Language That Verb Acquisition Is the Essence of Communication, Sean Dwyer

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The Value of Refining a Threshold Concept, Michael Fraas

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Actionable Learning for a Living Earth: Backwards by Design 2015-16 Project Report, James Loucky

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Circling Back to Guiding Questions, Marc N. Muniz

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Backwards by Design Retreat and Teaching Mini-Assessment, Hilary Schwandt

Submissions from 2014

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Improving Student Understanding of Writing Assignment Guidelines and Expectations: Mini-Assessment, Cat Armstrong Soule

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Postcolonial Critique: A Threshold Concept in Organizational Communication Studies, James Fortney

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Writing Instruction Report Regarding Activities Stemming from Summer 2014 Backwards by Design Retreat, Catherine Riordan

Submissions from 2013

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Reinforcement by Error Analysis of Multiple: Threshold Concepts in Advanced Spanish Composition, Sean Dwyer

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Backwards by Design 2013/2014 Assessment Project, Jasmine Goodnow

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Backwards By Design, Summer 2013 Retreat Assessment, Matt Holtmeier

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Assessment Project Write-Up: Phil 112, Ethical Question Activity, Michelle Saint

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Sequencing a Literature Review Paper, Peter Smith

Submissions from 2012

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A Process for Engagement with Threshold Concepts in Spanish Composition, Sean Dwyer

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Backwards by Design Assessment Project, Linda Keeler

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Backwards by Design Implementation Report, Kristina Luce

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Using Service-Learning to Teach Threshold Concepts, Helen Morgan Parmett

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Backwards by Design Project Assessment Write-Up, Michelle Saint