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Archive 2005 - 2006

Campus wide Workshop: Glass Half Full: Why the Plagiarism "Epidemic" is Good for Teaching (3/29/06)
Facilitated by: Dr. Chris Anson & Dr. Deanna Dannels

Description: Studying In the context of increasing concern about plagiarism-and increasingly questionable practices for dealing with it-this workshop will focus on productive ways to design writing and speaking assignments that restore our roles as guides to our student learning and make it very difficult for students to turn in work that is not their own. Participants will consider a variety of "plagiarism-proof" assignments based on the principles of hybrid genres, multimodality, process-based learning, and engagement, and will put these principles to work in the design or redesign of their own writing and speaking assignments. Please join us for an engaging workshop! Refreshments provided.

Campus wide Workshop: The Case for Cases: Enriching Writing & Speaking Assignments (11/1/05)
Facilitated by: Dr. Chris Anson & Dr. Deanna Dannels

Description: Do your own assignments bore you? Dull, run-of-the-mill assignments are not only tedious for students, but they come back to annoy us as we spend hours responding to and evaluating the uninspired results. How can we create imaginative, interesting assignments that engage our students and draw from them their best efforts? How can we breathe new life into our writing and speaking assignments, improving their intellectual quality through the thoughtfulness of their design?

Find out how at this Campus Writing and Speaking Program faculty workshop. The workshop will focus on the application of case-design principles for enriching writing and speaking assignments in all courses. Participants will learn about the intellectual advantages of scenarios, cases, and case-like assignments; explore strategies for converting typical academic assignments into more rhetorically complex and engaging ones; and consider the adaptation of case-like assignments to their own courses and disciplines.

Point Counterpoint: Issues of Ownership in Academia (10/19/05)
Facilitated by: Scott Warren, Karrie Peterson, and Peggy Hoon, NCSU Libraries

Who owns knowledge?
Who gets access to it?
Who determines academic "worth?"
Who are the stakeholders in the cycle of scholarly communication?
What are the barriers between comprehensive searches and information dissemination?

Google, even Google Scholar, can only access freely available information and scholarly works. However, the most sought-after materials - research databases and published, peer-reviewed scholarly articles are accessible electronically primarily via licensed subscriptions from publishers (Elsevier, Blackwell, Project MUSE) and database vendors (Academic Search Elite, EBSCO, ERIC) that often come with restrictive conditions of use. The NCSU Libraries spends $7 million per year providing our campus with journal and database subscriptions. With more of our scholarly resources delivered electronically, the Libraries physically own and house less and less, making the economic and legal issues surrounding scholarly communication increasingly complex.

These issues and more will be addressed at the Fall 2005 Point/Counterpoint session, a program held each semester by the Campus Writing and Speaking Program [CWSP]. For a Research I institution such as NC State, there is more at stake than ever, as the Libraries work to effectively provide access to information required by ten colleges and thirty thousand students in this era of belt-tightening. Scott Warren, Karrie Peterson, and Peggy Hoon, all of whom work at the NCSU Libraries, will lead the discussion.

Brown Bag: Eric M. Wiebe: Tracking the Eye (10/4/05)
Dr. Eric M. Wiebe presented his work entitled, "Multimedia Instruction: What Eye Tracking Can Tell Us." Wiebe is a member of the Graphic Communications Faculty in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at NC State.