Faculty and Instructor Resources
The Writing Centre's resources keep faculty and instructors briefed on academic writing which in turn supports students. By equipping instructors with the necessary tools and knowledge, a more effective learning environment is created as well as strong academic writing skills.
Here are a few ways in which both the Writing Centre and Memorial resources can benefit faculty and staff:
Academic writing conventions and expectations can evolve over time. Check out the following resources discussing academic communication and writing. Such knowledge can be passed on to students.
- MLA-CCC Joint Task Force on Writing and AI Working Paper: Overview of the Issues, Statement of Principles, and Recommendations by Modern Language Association and Conference on College Composition & Communication (July 2023)
- From ChatGPT bans to task forces, universities are rethinking their approach to academic misconduct by Diane Peters (University Affairs - May 10, 2023)
- Rethinking university writing pedagogy in a world of ChatGPT by James Southworth (University Affairs - February 3, 2023)
- Academic integrity in the age of ChatGPT by Loleen Berdahl (University Affairs- June 16, 2023).
- Students and academic misconduct: why it happens and possible solutions by Loleen Berdahl (University Affairs - June 8, 2023)
- Designing courses that promote academic integrity. Use your concerns about ChatGPT and academic misconduct to redesign your courses to build academic integrity skills by Loleen Berdahl (University Affairs - June 23, 2023)
- From combat to conversation and community: reimagining University Writing by Andrea L. Williams (University Affairs - March 3, 2022)
- Five strategies to improve writing in your courses by Roger Graves (University Affairs - January 15, 2014)
- Graduate level writing challenges need a different kind of mentorship by Karim Abuwad (University Affairs - January 27, 2023)
At Memorial University, the student community is enriched by a diverse population from various countries, where English may or may not be their first language. This multicultural environment offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural learning and exchange. However, students from non-English speaking backgrounds may encounter challenges with not only language proficiency but also academic writing conventions. Navigating the intricacies of scholarly writing, such as proper citation styles, academic tone, and structuring arguments, can be daunting. The Writing Centre at Memorial University serves as a crucial resource for these students, providing tailored assistance and support to help them refine their writing skills and adapt to academic expectations.
The following resources can provide faculty and staff with strategies for supporting students who may require additional guidance or have specific writing-related needs. This inclusivity helps foster an equitable learning environment.
Working with Multilingual Students in the Classroom
- Writing Across Borders - Part One (16:50)
- Writing Across Borders - Part Two (13:08)
- For information on this film, go to Oregon State University Writing Center
The Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) has compiled resources regarding the use of AI for teaching and learning.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) Text Generation: Considerations for Teaching and Learning
- Generative Artificial Intelligence: Sample Syllabus Statements
- Talking to Students about Generative AI Use
- Citation and Reference Guide: Generative AI (e.g. ChatGPT)
- To use ChatGPT or not: A student decision tree (PDF)
- Is ChatGPT responsible for a student's failing grade?: A hallucinogenic conversation
- Writing and Communication Centre Releases New Resources on Writing with GenAI for Students (University of Waterloo) - September 18, 2023
- Stop Focusing on Plagiarism, Even Though ChatGPT Is Here (Harvard Business Publishing) - September 14, 2023
- Teaching Insights: What happens when a novice writer asks ChatGPT for editing advice? (Critical AI interdisciplinary journal)
The Learning Technology Coach podcast is produced by the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) at Memorial University. Learning Technology Coaches are current graduate students at Memorial who use their research and teaching experience to support faculty across the institution by investigating and proposing learning technologies to address instructional problems. The Podcast was initiated by the coaches as a way to broaden their understanding of how pedagogy and technology collide to create meaningful teaching and learning experiences. The series features the voices of academics, students, and champions as they discuss current topics influencing higher education.