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FYWP Now Accepting Student Appointments

Starting next Monday, April 29, the First-Year Writing Program at Boise State will make appointments available for students who have questions or need additional information. Appointments are available mornings and afternoons, four days a week.

MON-THURS mornings10:00am-Noon
MON afternoons2:30-4:30pm
TUES-THURS afternoons2:00-4:00pm

Appointments can be made online using the FYWP appointment calendar.

Announcing the FYWP Student Advisory Board

flyer for student advisory board

FYWP Announces Accelerated Learning Workshop

The First-Year Writing Program is pleased to announce a special presentation on accelerated learning by Peter Adams, Director of the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) in the English department at the Community College of Baltimore County.

In this workshop, Peter Adams will introduce the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), discuss results of program assessment, provide additional insight on course design and implementation, and answer audience questions.

about ALP

Community College of Baltimore County’s ALP has been featured in national media, including Huffington Post Live and PBS ALP logoNewshour. In 2012, Adams and the ALP received a $500,000 Kresge Foundation Grant to support and expand their efforts nationally. There are currently close to 100 colleges and universities, including Boise State, using ALP approaches.

First-Year Writing Students to Present at Undergraduate Research Conference

A group of English 101 students will present an interactive mapping project entitled “Boise State Students Encounter Writing” at the 10th Annual Boise State University Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Conference. The event will run 1:00-4:00 PM in the Student Union Building.

During the Fall 2012 semester, the students of English 101.017 created a collaborative Google My Map that digitally (re)presents their research findings on the writing that occurs in Boise State undergraduate courses, in discourse communities on and off campus, and at various locations in the Boise area. Students conducted interviews, took photographs, recorded audio and visual files, and otherwise used various media and methods to repurpose the research they had completed in a previous unit. Working independently or within small groups, students then used digital tools (like SlideRocket and Tumblr) to compose multimedia texts and to experiment and invent with online resources; these (re)presentations were finally added to placemarks on the map.

FYWP Announces a Special Presentation on Teaching and Video Games

The First-Year Writing Program is pleased to announce a special presentation on video games and teaching by Edmond Y. Chang, PhD candidate at the University of Washington and keynote speaker for  THATCamp Boise State 2012.

Digital Natives vs. Digital Agents: Teaching (with) Video Games
Edmond Y. Chang
Department of English, University of Washington

When teaching video games and teaching with video games, when students are learning with and from video games, when they are using video games as the occasion for inquiry, writing, and “reading,” the first step is always about framing: Why are we doing this?  What are we doing?  Why is this similar and different than other practices?  How are we going to get there?  Dropping a game into a literature class or a writing course (or any class for that matter) is not as easy as plug and play.  It is not enough to assume that students are “digital natives” and always willing to think about or work with video games.  Therefore, this workshop is about developing a medium-specific pedagogy, a philosophy of teaching with technology, and the practices of close playing, paired play, play logs or “plogs,” and gaming as/for writing.  We will specifically consider the challenges of using any new medium or technology in the classroom to think about developing different kinds of “literacy” and careful integration of games and gaming.

Friday, October 26
3:00-5:00 PM
Liberal Arts Building 208-A
Q&A immediately following. Refreshments provided.

About Edmond Y. Chang
Edmond Y. Chang is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Washington in Seattle defending this coming autumn his dissertation entitled “Technoqueer: Re/Con/Figuring Posthuman Narratives.” He is a HASTAC Scholar, lead organizer of the Critical Gaming Project @ UW, and a founding member of the Keywords for Video Game Studies graduate interest group, which is supported by the Simpson Center for the Humanities. He has taught at the university level for over fifteen years and was the recipient of the UW Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and the AAC&U’s K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award in 2011.

FYWP Announces New Way to Make Workshop Suggestions

The Boise State First-Year Writing Program will now accept suggestions for sessions to include in its Professional Development Workshop series. Just as last semester’s implementation of the open call for proposals led to an innovative slate of sessions for the 2012-2013 academic year, the addition of the online suggestion box will allow for more input from the program’s diverse and talented faculty.

Welcome to Our New Teaching Assistants

Today is the first day of training for the teaching assistants in the First-Year Writing Program. Between now and Friday, August 24, we will be spending our days thinking about writing, teaching, and learning.

Announcing the 2012-2013 FYWP Professional Development Workshop Series

The First-Year Writing Program has selected the workshop sessions that will make up the 2012-2013 Professional Development Workshop Series. This annual series of presentations, hands-on training, and roundtable discussions covers topics related to teaching and learning in the first-year writing classroom. For the first time, the FYWP issued a call for proposals, and all workshops included in this series were proposed and selected by FYWP faculty.

2012-2013 FYWP Professional Development Workshop Series
(sessions listed in no particular order) 

Mobile Learning Strategies in the FYW Classroom
presented by Garawyn McGill, Christi Nogle, and Emily Simnitt

“Can’t Sling No Bull”: Teaching Writing with Sound
presented by Bruce Ballenger, Andrea Oyarzabal, Rob Shaffer, and Carmen Morawski

Why Less Is More in Response to Student Writing: How to Grade Less, Encourage Better Revision, and Have a Life Again
presented by Clyde Moneyhun

25 Fabulous Assignments that You Can Steal, Adapt, or Trash
presented by Tiffany Hitesman and Marian Thomas

Reaching out to High-achieving Students in the FYW Classroom
Heidi Naylor, Christi Nogle, and Jan Roser

Incorporating Sources–A Scaffolded Approach to Conversing with Sources
presented by Samantha Sturman and Jan Roser

Electronic Portfolios: Submissions in a Digital Format
presented by Jan Roser and Linda Smith

Narrative’s Place, Purpose, and Power in the First-Year Writing Classroom
Stacie Lewton Rice, Ruth Salter, and Jill Heney

Strategies for the Multilingual Classroom: Lessons from the TESOL “Boot Camp”
presented by Sam Sturman, Elizabeth Lester Barnes, Heidi Naylor, Amanda Fehrer, and Gail Shuck

Responding to Student Writing
presented by Sarah Ritter, Emily Simnitt, Greg Heinzman, and Gail Shuck

Two FYWP Instructors Named 2012-2013 Boise State Teaching Scholars

Stephanie Cox and Jill Heney have been named 2012-2013 Boise State Teaching Scholars. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, this year-long, inquiry-based program “is designed to stimulate dialogue, reflection and innovation in teaching, foster a sense of community, and promote the scholarship of teaching and learning.”

FYWP Instructor Recognized as University Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Member

Jeremy Branstad was recognized on Monday as this semester’s Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Member. Jeremy has used service learning for three semesters. His students have produced videos for their community partners and the SL program. More recently, he conducted an innovative service-learning optional courses in which students are encouraged to research subjects of interest to their workplace or other communities.

Jeremy was recognized for helping his students and community partners come together in pursuit of common educational goals. The Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty award recognizes instructors for their best practices in community-based instruction.