Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

  • Online Courses

    492.601.81 - Fundamentals of Writing for Graduate Students

    $2918

    Edward Perlman

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    This intensive writing course offers students a foundation in essay composition and provides an in-depth review of sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation. Designed for those students who need to improve their written communication skills, the curriculum in Writing Basics examines the various techniques writers use to compose their sentences, to establish syntactic relationships within paragraphs, to draft thesis and transitional sentences, and to relate syntactic structure to ideas. Students will master a basic format for the expository or argumentative essay that will include strategies for finding and drafting a thesis, for shaping a proof of that thesis, and for drawing conclusions that demonstrate synthetic, independent thinking. Working through multiple drafts of their essays, students will develop strategies for revision that will focus on both syntax and structure. Note: AS.492.601, Fundamentals of Writing for Graduate Students has been designed for students in all AAP Programs who seek additional help to strengthen their writing skills. The course is not intended for students in the Teaching Writing Program, and Teaching Writing students should not sign up for it.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    492.612.81 - Teaching Writing

    $2918

    Mark Farrington

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    This core course is designed for teachers in all disciplines and at all grade levels who use writing in their teaching and who have an interest in exploring their own writing as well. Someone not currently in a classroom can also complete the course successfully. The course has three main goals: 1. To help participants add to their existing knowledge of teaching writing, focusing particularly on writing as process and the various methods and practices that focus on each individual stage of that process (prewriting, drafting, responding, revising, editing and publishing). 2. To encourage participants to reflect upon their current practices in teaching writing, helping them clarify for themselves their goals and methods in teaching writing, and to provide additional ideas and possibilities that might add to their existing “tool box”. 3. To allow participants to engage in their own writing and writing process, in order to experience both roles of writer and writing teacher, and to see how one’s own writing experiences can enhance one’s knowledge as a teacher of writing. In addition, participants will consider the relationship of reading and writing, will become familiar with leading theories and theorists on the teaching of writing, will share their ideas, their knowledge, and their experiences, and will be encouraged to adapt their learning to make it most useful to their individual teaching situations (grade level, discipline, student population, etc.).

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    492.635.81 - Literary Nonfiction and Historical, Scientific, and Technical Texts

    $2918

    Joanne Cavanaugh-Simpson

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    This course includes the subgenres of exposition, argument, and functional text in the form of personal essays, speeches, opinion pieces, essays about art or literature, biographies, memoirs, journalism, and historical, scientific, technical, or economic accounts (including digital sources) written for a broad audience. The focus is on both reading these texts as writers and on writing in several of these forms. (The course would specifically address the Common Core objectives of writing informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content, and producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. However, it will be of interest to all teachers, regardless of whether they are involved with Common Core or not.)

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    492.662.81 - Teaching Reluctant Writers

    $2918

    Kimberly Sloan

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    All educators will encounter students who struggle with writing. This course first focuses on the reasons student writers may be reluctant and then provides participants with a variety of methods to increase student participation and success in writing. Participants will learn about low-stakes writing, classroom relationships, the writing workshop methodology, and scaffolding for special education, English Language Learners (ELLs), and those who have developed an aversion to writing. Participants will be required to investigate methods by doing them and will develop a metacognitive stance by reflecting on articles and strategies. All participants will be required to work in writing workshop, including being a writer and responder in a peer revision group. The instructor will help students to differentiate for subject area and grade level and will provide a framework for developing a writing classroom that works for our most reluctant writers.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    492.663.81 - Writing Across the Curriculum

    $2918

    Nicholas Maneno

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    In careers and classrooms, professionals and students use writing to communicate information, clarify thinking, and learn new concepts. Writing Across the Curriculum generally extends to two categories: Writing to Learn and Writing in the Disciplines. The first half of the course will focus on Writing to Learn, which is comprised of short, low stakes, expressive activities designed to help students think through a process, connect with a text, and personalize information. These lessons include learning logs, interactive notes, group writing, metaphors, found poems, and difficulty papers. The second half of the course will be dedicated to Writing in the Disciplines. These assignments are created to give students practice with the language conventions, patterns of thinking, and formats of specific disciplines. These sort of activities include proposals, presentations, articles, literature review, lab and field reports, and position papers. Participants in this course will experience Writing to Learn and Writing in the Disciplines firsthand. They will be able to experiment with both types of writing in their classroom contexts regardless of grade level or subject matter. This course is collaborative with teacher to participant commentary and peer feedback and review.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    492.800.81 - Independent Study in Teaching Writing

    $2918

    Mark Farrington

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    An independent study involves a special project a student proposes to complete within a single semester, working one-on-one with a faculty member. The project must involve writing and teaching writing, and it must not duplicate material covered in existing courses. Proposals for an independent study should be submitted in writing to program leadership no later than 60 days before the start of the target semester.

    Technology Fee: $175.00