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October 14, 2013

QEP Writing Team to Lead ‘Connect with Colleagues’ Discussion Oct. 17

Remica Bingham-Risher, director of writing and faculty development at Old Dominion, will lead the next Connect with Colleagues brown bag lunch series discussion from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Learning Commons Conference Room of Perry Library (drinks and dessert will be provided). The topic is "Writing to Learn: A Panel Discussion by the QEP Writing Team."

Joining Bingham-Risher on the panel will be Janice Hawkins, lecturer of nursing; Carla Harrell and Alison Lietzenmayer, senior lecturer and lecturer, respectively, of communication; and Cynthia Tomovic, professor of STEM education and professional studies.

Sponsored by the Center for Learning and Teaching, Connect with Colleagues is designed to offer faculty members the chance to learn from the expertise of fellow faculty members. Participants at the latest CLT Faculty Summer Institute on Teaching and Learning asked for more information about several topics, so the Connect with Colleagues series, this season, offers a closer look at Institute topics.

This second installment in the fall Connect with Colleagues series is a panel discussion by members of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee to improve Interdisciplinary Writing. The QEP, which is becoming engrained in the ODU curriculum, encourages students to articulate a problem or question, identify and apply existing knowledge, assess the quality and the source of information, seek out an comprehend new information, formulate conclusions based on sources and empirical evidence, and finally, clearly articulate their conclusions and justifications in writing.

The QEP: Improving Disciplinary Writing effort has two central initiatives: faculty workshops and action project grants. Those who attend the panel discussion will meet members of the ODU faculty who have participated in the workshops and/or who have been recipients of action project grants. They will share some ideas that they have used to encourage critical thinking and writing among ODU's students - along with examples of write-to-learn activities that have been helpful in the classroom.

For more information send an email to clt@odu.edu or call 683-4252.