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INTD 105 Writing Seminar

Faculty Workshop

Fall 2014

(Notes by Maria Lima and Doug Baldwin)

Welcome (Doug Baldwin & Maria Lima)

  • Introductions
  • Living/learning community in Monroe Hall needs INTD 105 instructors for spring 2015. Let Maria know if interested.
  • Note new wiki pages of "best practices" and "curated links" for INTD 105 instructors
  • Writing Learning Center ( Tutors are trained to deal with questions INTD 105 students may have.  Tutors use the language of They Say/I Say. ESL students get hour-long appointments; "natives” get half an hour.

Library Instruction for INTD 105 (Bonnie Swoger)


The Science Librarian at Milne, Bonnie Swoger, shared ways to integrate research into writing via library research sessions for INTD 105.  Librarians work closely with the faculty for the session to be meaningful.  Databases have changed; interface has changed.  We need to keep current.

Librarians identify the kinds of information sources appropriate for individual assignments.

The vocabulary used to describe sources is different depending on instructors.  The library session will help students differentiate sources; to help them think about audience, for example.  Sometimes one session is not enough.  Librarians can come to our classes for a 20 minute catch-up.

They try to introduce students to general data bases: ProQuest and Academic Search Complete for example.

How can we help students to identify racism (or other biases) in sites?  Who’s the Author? Who sponsors the site?  Sometimes titles confuse students.  Who is writing the articles for the Wall Street Journal?

Put information on the syllabus:

  • Plagiarism Workshops
  • Ways to get help from a reference librarian
    • "IM a librarian" button on Milne web page
    • Ask a librarian on call
    • Schedule a one-on-one meeting for a specialized research question

Certificate through Gold on Information and Digital Literacy Workshops

Formal and Informal Reasoning in Persuasive Writing (Heidi Savage)


Writers need rigorous reasoning, but that doesn't mean they need to write formal symbolic proofs

Informal reasoning (about texts either being read or being written) can start by identifying topic, main issue (thesis), etc.

More formal reasoning involves awareness of premises and conclusions reached from them. Be sure that premises are true, generally accepted, and relevant to conclusion you want to reach.

Syllabi for INTD 105 (Maria Lima)

Some conclusions individual groups have reached:

  • The value of including all assignments on the syllabus
  • There should be fewer readings and more in-class WRITING
    • Maria and Doug will work through UCC to make INTD 105's requirements re writing assignments more flexible, e.g., three short papers (with revisions) and a research paper rather than the current 6 papers with restrictions on how many can be revisions and no mention of a research paper.
  • PLEASE ADD your group's ideas here!

Open Discussion Over Lunch

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