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Designing a Writing-Infused Course in the Major or General Education

Workshop by Dr. Brad Peters
Department of English, Northern Illinois University

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

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Dr. Brad Peters
Dr. Brad Peters

In this day-long, interactive workshop, participants will focus on a course that they currently teach. Participants will engage in activities that help them decide what kinds of writing activities might best enhance the critical thinking they want their students to do.

** Please prepare written answers to the following questions and bring six copies to the workshop:

  1. What is the course you want to transform into a writing-infused course, and what kinds of writing do you currently include in the course?
  2. What are the main units or modules in your course?
  3. What are your main learning objectives (or chief concepts and principles) for the course?
  4. What thinking skills are especially important in your course—and crucial to your academic discipline?
  5. What are the most difficult aspects of the course, based on previous students' experience?
  6. What problems do students typically have with the writing tasks you set?
  7. What difference do you want your course to make in your students' lives?

 ** Also, please bring a sample of student writing from the course you hope to enhance

Brad Peters is Professor of English and Coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at NIU. He designed and has directed the NIU Writing Center. Dr. Peters presents yearly workshops on using writing to think critically and has trained faculty in universities across the country. He teaches advanced writing courses where students prepare their work for conferences and publication. Dr. Peters’ research focuses on effective writing strategies and pedagogies.

Workshop check-in will start at 8:30 am with refreshments and the program will begin at 9:00 am. The schedule will include lunch from 12 to 1 pm and mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. Tentative list of topics for the workshop include the following:

  • How to design assignments that meet NIU’s “writing-infused” standards
  • How to help your students become better readers
  • How to manage the paper load
  • How to give feedback that improves content and grammatical correctness
  • How to create and use effective rubrics
  • How to use writing technologies to the best advantage

Writing Across the Curriculum
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information:

This workshop is open only to NIU faculty, instructors, and teaching staff (SPS and Civil Service). Registered participants will receive workshop materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of participation. Seating is limited to 25 participants and advance registration is required. 

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Register here.

Due to the expensive nature of the workshop and the advance notice needed for arranging materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire day. After submitting the online registration, if you do not receive a response within two working days, please contact the Center at

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by May 18, 2017 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 4/14/2017