Writing and Public Speaking Center

Writing and Public Speaking Center

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, encourage them to use the Writing and Public Speaking Center early and often. Invite all students to consult with the Writing and Public Speaking Center as they work through the assignment, and stress the importance of revising in response to reader feedback. Remind them that the Writing and Public Speaking Center helps students become more successful communicators as they plan and execute projects, but does not edit or correct papers for students.

Please include information about the Writing and Public Speaking Center in your syllabus or on your assignment sheet. Here is a sample:

 The University of Montana Writing and Public Speaking Center offers students in all disciplines one-on-one consultations 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.

This short orientation video explains to students how best to take advantage of our services. Consider showing the video to your class or embedding it in your Moodle shell. Watch the video.

In-class orientations:

Most students who visit the Writing and Public Speaking Center learn about our services from a faculty member or from an in-class orientation. A brief class visit early in the semester allows us to introduce ourselves and our services to your students. To schedule such a visit, contact Shareen Grogan, Director.

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.

Our Resources for Teaching page also provides additional ideas, guidance, and resources.

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.

Our Resources for Teaching page also provides additional ideas, guidance, and resources.

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.