University of Vermont

Foundational Writing & Information Literacy

Past FWIL Events

Ongoing Events

Fall 2016 Events

FWIL Faculty Gathering

TAP Faculty Lunches (contact Abby.McGowan@uvm.edu to register)

September 8, 11:30am to 1pm
September 9, 12pm to 1:30pm

November 3, 11:30am to 1pm
November 4, 12pm to 1:30pm

Information Literacy Workshops (titles are links to register)

September 12, 12 - 1 pm - Scaffolding Assignments for Information Literacy
September 19, 12 - 1 pm - Quick and Easy Ways to Support Students’ Research Skills
September 26, 12 - 1 pm - Research as Exploration
October 17, 12 - 1 pm - What the H*** is Information Literacy Anyway: Beyond Search & Evaluate
October 24, 12 - 1 pm - What We Know About First-Year Students and Information Literacy

FWIL Committee Meetings

September 1, 11:35am to 12:50pm
September 29, 11:35am to 12:50pm
October 27, 11:35am to 12:50pm
December 1, 11:35am to 12:50pm


Spring 2016 Events

ENGS 1 Gatherings

January 14, 9:30am to 10:45am -- Spring kick-off
February 5, 2pm - 3:15pm -- Library visit
March 31, 8:30am to 9:45am -- Michelle Cox, Scaffolding & signposting
April 28, breakout sessions -- Jeff Grabill, Peer-review

FWIL Committee Meetings

January 20, 1pm to 2:15pm
February 10, 1pm to 2:15pm
March 2, 1pm to 2:15pm
March 23, 1pm to 2:15pm
April 13, 1pm to 2:15pm
May 4, 1pm to 2:15pm

ENGS 1 Committee Meetings

January 21, 1pm to 2:15pm
February 18, 1pm to 2:15pm
March 17, 1pm to 2:15pm
April 14, 1pm to 2:15pm
April 28, 1pm to 2:15pm (attended by Jeff Grabill)
May 12, 1pm to 2:15pm

Multilingual Writer Fellows

January 11, 12, & 13, 9:00am to 3:00pm - Working with MLW Institute

January 28, 11:30am to 12:30pm
February 11, 11:30am to 12:30pm
February 25, 11:30am to 12:30pm
March 21, 1pm to 2pm
March 31, 10:15am to 11:15am -- Michelle Cox, Working with multilingual writers
April 21, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Fall 2015

TAP/FWIL Kick-off

August 26, 11:30am to 1:00pm

FWIL Committee Meetings

September 3, 8:30am to 9:45am
September 24, 8:30am to 9:45am
October 15, 8:30am to 9:45am
November 5, 8:30am to 9:45am
December 3, 8:30am to 9:45am

ENGS 1 Committee

September 16, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
October 21, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
November 18, 3:30pm to 4:30pm

ENGS 1 Gatherings

Kick-off: August 27, 9:30am to 11:00am
September 23, 9:40am to 10:50pm
October 21, 1:10pm to 2:20pm
November 11, 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Spring kick-off: January 14, 9:30am to 10:45am

ENGS 1 Working with Multilingual Writers Institute

January 11th to 13th, 8:00am to 3:00pm


2015 Foundational Writing and Information Literacy (FWIL) Institute

In May 2015, seven faculty members from various UVM departments attended the first-annual FWIL Institute co-led by FWIL Director, Libby Miles and Bailey/Howe Library Instruction Coordinator and Library Associate Professor, Daisy Benson. Over the course of three and a half days, these faculty members created or revised their course materials to use goals to support learning in their key concepts.

In addition to the faculty who attended the institute, various guest speakers were invited each day to share their insights and perspective regarding writing and information literacy at UVM. Some highlights of these guest speakers include:

  • A presentation given by Sue Dinitz, Director of the UVM Writing Center, outlining the resources and benefits offered by the Writing Center to both faculty and students
  • Instruction from Holly Buckland Parker from the Center for Teaching and Learning on Universal Design and how to succesfully utilize and incorporate technology provided by UVM
  • Assistance from the Bailey/Howe library liaisons on incorporating information literacy into courses. Each institute attendee worked 1-to-1 with their specific liaison in order to best meet the needs of the unique information literacy skills required in their course.
  • A showcase by UVM faculty members who have previously taught TAP courses, including Nicole Phelps, Professor of History; Jean Bessette, Assistant Professor of English, and Peter VonDoepp, Interim Associate Dean of Political Science and Acting Director of the Honors College.

What Faculty Had to Say about the May 2015 FWIL Institute:

“I now have a much clearer understanding as to what the new reading/writing requirements are for the TAP. I have useful tools for planning these assignments, particularly the practice of "scaffolding." The opportunity to interact with faculty from other departments was particularly enjoyable. My teaching will be enhanced not only by specific tools regarding how to teach students to be better writers, but also in thinking of ways that faculty in other disciplines are teaching.”

2015 ENGS 001 Mini-Institute

ENGS 1 Mini-Institute: May 13-14, 2015

In May 2015, multiple faculty members from the Department of English met with FWIL Director, Libby Miles and co-leaders, Sheila Boland-Chira and LeeLee Goodson to begin learning the shared ENGS 1 curriculum. This two-day discussion-intensive institute reviwed ways to better manage the ENGS 1 workload and incorporate scaffolding into their syllabi. Additionally, those in attendance got an in-depth view of the ENGS 1 Portfolio requirements, including suggested explorations and workshops for each of the 4 portfolios.

One of the greatest take-away points from the ENGS 1 Institute was that periodic gatherings during the semester would promote discussion regarding the ongoing progress and new challenges that will arise. As a direct result of this feedback, monthly meetings between the ENGS 1 course instructors will be held beginning in the Fall of 2015.

What Faculty Had to Say about the May 2015 ENGS 1 Institute:

“I gained valuable insight and suggestions from both the leaders and peers in attendance to implement in future ENGS 001 classes.”

2014 First-Year Writing Institute

What Faculty Had to Say about the May 2014 First-Year Writing Institute:

  • “[I]t was the single best teaching seminar in which I have ever participated … I'm now vastly more confident that I will be able to teach an effective TAP course in the fall, and I think my students will greatly benefit from my participation, for years to come.” -- Parker VanValkenburgh, Anthropology

  • “I cannot imagine being prepared for my teaching in Fall, 2014, without having done this workshop.” -- Felicia Kornbluh, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

  • “It was very helpful to have a group of people to brainstorm ideas with, especially some from different disciplinary perspectives.” -- Jenny Sisk, English

  • “It was rewarding to be part of a truly interdisciplinary experience.” -- Bill McDowell, Art & Art History

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