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.
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.
Peer Editing as Learning Tool, Warren Cornwall
Course Revision Using Backward by Design, Rita Daniels
Scaffolding Writing Assignments in Introductory Art History, Monique Kerman
Improving MBA Students' Ability to do Financial Analysis, Claire Lending
Using Reflective and Meta Writing Practices in English 101, Michelle Runyan
Exploring a Threshold Concept in Kinesiology 306 Course, Harsh Buddhadev
The Value of Refining a Threshold Concept, Michael Fraas
Circling Back to Guiding Questions, Marc N. Muniz
Backwards by Design Retreat and Teaching Mini-Assessment, Hilary Schwandt
Backwards by Design 2013/2014 Assessment Project, Jasmine Goodnow
Backwards By Design, Summer 2013 Retreat Assessment, Matt Holtmeier
Assessment Project Write-Up: Phil 112, Ethical Question Activity, Michelle Saint
Sequencing a Literature Review Paper, Peter Smith
Backwards by Design Assessment Project, Linda Keeler
Backwards by Design Implementation Report, Kristina Luce
Using Service-Learning to Teach Threshold Concepts, Helen Morgan Parmett
Backwards by Design Project Assessment Write-Up, Michelle Saint