In-class Workshops and Faculty Consultations

Recommending The Writing and Public Speaking Center to your students:

When explaining a writing or presentation assignment to your students, stress the importance of revising in response to reader feedback. Encourage students to use The Writing and Public Speaking Center early and often. Encourage all students to consult with The Writing and Public Speaking Center as they work through the assignment. Emphasize that The Writing and Public Speaking Center does not edit or correct papers for students, but helps students become more successful communicators as they plan and execute projects. You can also include information about The Writing and Public Speaking Center in your syllabus or on your assignment sheet.

Sample Syllabus or Assignment Statement:

The University of Montana Writing and Public Speaking Center offers students in all disciplines free support as they write or prepare presentations for any course.  Welcoming all students, The Writing Center provides a learning environment where students can engage in supportive conversations about their work and receive feedback at any point during their process.  To make an appointment and learn more about The Writing and Public Speaking Center, visit www.umt.edu/writingcenter or call 243-2266.

Please note:  While faculty may require a student to use The Writing and Public Speaking Center, students who are required to visit may not be motivated to take full advantage of the consultation session.  We've found that students who are encouraged but not required to use The Writing and Public Speaking Center benefit most from our services.

In-class orientations:

A brief class visit early in the semester allows us to introduce ourselves and our services to your students.

Customized in-class workshops:

Writing and Public Speaking Center staff can work with you to insert assignment- and discipline-specific writing and public speaking workshops into your course at key points during the semester. Tailored to particular assignments and to student needs in the context of your course, these workshops help students recognize and develop effective communication behaviors.

Feedback and guidance on assignment design:

Writing and Public Speaking Center staff can provide feedback and input as you design writing and presentation assignments. Informed by our experience observing students (mis)interpret writing assignments from across the disciplines, we can help you identify and communicate the key variables students will need to account for in order to produce the kind of work you expect.

Feedback and guidance in assessing and responding to student writing and presentations:

Writing and Public Speaking Center staff can offer tips for providing effective and efficient feedback on student work. In addition, Writing Center staff can look at a set of student papers with you to determine what kinds of interventions and supplemental workshops might be helpful.

Ideas for incorporating writing – both graded and non-graded – into the semester:

The Writing and Public Speaking Center can consult with you to find ways to incorporate opportunities for writing that will support student learning without adding to your reading and grading load.