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Sharing Teaching Resources with an Online Repository

November 28 , 2007

The First-Year Writing Seminar (FWS) is a required course in the BC core curriculum, with 2000 students enrolled each year. As there is also significant turn-over among instructors, some of whom have relatively little background in Composition and Rhetoric and many of whom are MA and PhD students new to teaching, there is a tremendous need to provide extensive training and support for faculty. Funded by a Faculty Summer Workshop Grant, Lad Tobin and Ricco Siasoco Dept. of English (A&S) collaborated with IDeS to create the online FWS Faculty Lounge, which includes basic information on the program, a collection of teaching materials with user commentary, and a discussion forum for ongoing conversations around teaching related issues and challenges. The site aims to enhance the program's existing faculty development efforts by providing an additional layer of online resources and interaction for faculty, whether they are just beginning to teach or are looking for new material to improve their existing lesson plans. The presentation featured a demonstration of the site, and reflections on the collaborative vision behind it and the process of developing it.