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[Episode 4.] Writing across the curriculum

In this episode, we will talk about writing in higher education and more specifically writing across the curriculum.

Many students struggle with writing assignments during their time at university. University teachers often turn to educational developers in search of methods and ideas to help the students to develop in their writing. One way of helping teachers in tertiary education to reflect upon and work with the students on writing in the programs is to implement writing across the curriculum approach. 

In this talk, educational developers Alexandra D’Urso and Linn Areskoug will discuss a variety of entry points into implementing a writing across the curriculum approach into teaching in higher education. Alexandra and Linn will discuss overarching perspectives on teaching on learning at university in regards to writing, as well as share lessons learned from experiences at higher education institutions and writing project sites such as the Bay Area Writing Project at the University of California at Berkeley and Mount Holyoke College.

 

  • Linn Areskoug, educational developer at the Department of Learning and Digitalization, SLU, and Senior Lecturer at The Department of Education, Uppsala University.
  • Alexandra D’Urso, educational developer at the Department of Learning and Digitalization, SLU
  • Moderator: Jan Stockfors, educational developer at the Department of Learning and Digitalization, SLU

 

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[Episode 9.] Teaching in a distance education degree program before and during the pandemic

Episode 9.Teaching in a distance education degree program before and during the pandemic: Reflections from teacher Charles MelnykDuring the Covid pandemic, in-person teaching in the classroom has not been possible to the same extent as before. Thus, there has been an increasing and widespread need to think about quality distance and online teaching in higher education. But what about education programs that were already distance-based? What lessons have been learned during the past two years by teachers and students who were already familiar with distance teaching and learning?In the higher education pedagogy project course, teachers can investigate pedagogical questions of interest. Often, these projects have a broader appeal, such as the report of teacher Charles Melnyk, Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Plant Biology at SLU. In his report, Charles explored distance education by studying a long-distance Master's program called Plant Biology for Sustainable Production, which began in the fall of 2018.In this episode, Educational Developer Alexandra D’Urso invited Charles to discuss different considerations and reflections regarding planning for distance teaching, both before and during the pandemic. Using his project course report as inspiration for the conversation, Charles reflects about how a well-designed distance course can enhance students’ education.ContributorsCharles Melnyk: Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Plant Biology, SLUAlexandra D’Urso: Educational Developer at the Educational Development Unit, SLUEditing: Minha Park, Educational Developer at the Educational Development Unit, SLU