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Fall Write Track

Join us this fall for our Friday workshop series on writing instruction.

Fall Workshops:

  • Your Quest Has Begun!: Level up Your Writing Habits through Habitica (Oct. 12th)
  • Facilitating Intrinsic Learning through Grade Contracts/Agreements (Nov. 9th)

To register for one or all of the workshops, click below.

Register for Write Track


Your Quest Has Begun!: Level up Your Writing Habits through Habitica

Facilitators: Megan Sibbett and Annemarie Mulkey

Friday, October 12th 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. O.U. Writing Center, Wagner 280.

Do you know what motivates your writing? Do you need motivation? Whether your heart flutters or your brow furrows when you hear “gamification,” this workshop is for you!  

In this workshop we will demonstrate how we use the gamified, habit forming task-manager, Habitica. We will discuss how Habitica offers motivation through organized to-do and habit-forming lists, community support, teamwork, streak building, and collecting rewards. These motivations can be used to organize multiple writing tasks and accomplish long and short-term writing/research projects within their timelines.

Don the helmet of confidence and see yourself as a warrior, mage, healer, or perhaps a rogue as you approach your formidable writing responsibilities.


Facilitating Intrinsic Learning through Grade Contracts/Agreements

Facilitator: Al Harahap

Friday, November 9, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. O.U. Writing Center, 280 Wagner.

Since the industrial revolution, education systems all over have integrated grades toward an efficiency model. As teachers, we assign both quantitative and qualitative values that supposedly represent individual students’ merits. But how effective is the current system? In this interactive session, we will explore the growing popularity of the "grading contract" system that serves to allay both student and teacher stresses through an agreement at the beginning of the semester of what and how much work a course requires for specific grades. Instead of obsessing on minute grades of minor assignments and the seemingly high-stakes assignments, all involved can then focus on moments of learning content. As well, this system can serve as an equalizer for underprivileged groups such as first-generation students, students of color, and students with disabilities who may not come into college with the tools to succeed in the disruptive, efficient grading model. We will also consider how grade agreements can be customized to suit your individual course content and teaching styles.

This is a brown bag event, so feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, and water provided.