2019 Conference on the Teaching of Writing

Active and Accessible: Engaging Writing Pedagogy in the 21st Century

A presenter shares a digital image with a full room of conference participants at CTW 2017.

As teachers of writing in the 21st century, we recognize the importance of engagement in the classroom, including how students engage with learning as well as who is included in such engagement (National Survey of Student Engagement, 2017). Several pedagogical movements — notably Universal Design for Learning (CAST, 2010) and Active Learning (Bonwell & Eison, 1991) — have begun to redefine student engagement. The University of Connecticut’s own interest in student engagement, accessibility, and active learning stems from the development of its Writing Across Technology initiative. As exciting as these pedagogies are, there is still much to learn about how they function in the writing classroom, including the ways they are and are not compatible with each other and the range of potential practices of writing instruction they make possible.

This conference asks how access can be imagined as active — and, conversely, how active learning can make space for access.

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The 2019 Conference on the Teaching of Writing will take place at the University of Connecticut’s Hartford campus on Friday, April 5, 2019. The conference will run from 9:00 AM-1:30 PM, with a poster session and the "Writing with Community Partners" workshop (see below) in the afternoon.


Writing with Community Partners Workshop

This year's conference will feature a special afternoon workshop event:

This workshop is conducted by our conference co-sponsors: Trinity College (Hartford, CT)  Outreach & Engagement. This FREE 2.5 hour afternoon workshop brings together faculty, students, and community partners to discuss strategies for projects that use writing to contribute to social change in your local community. Learn about pedagogical and organizational strategies to create reciprocal partnerships that engage students in active learning beyond the classroom and help community organizations reach their goals. This workshop is presented by Trinity College Community Learning and is open to faculty, staff, and community partners who are interested in strengthening their approach to writing across university/community partnerships.

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This workshop will run from 2:00-4:30 PM.

Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut: Community Learning

Tribal Land Acknowledgement

This tribal land acknowledgment has been provided by the University of Connecticut Native American Cultural Programs.

We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the occupied territory of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett and Nipmuc Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land, and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example. Please use it!

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