Upcoming Lecture: The Assessment of Writing

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edEdward M. White, Emeritus Professor of University of California, San Bernadino and currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Arizona, will be a guest of the Thompson Writing Center in June. Through this year, he designed and consulted on assessment in Duke’s English-Composition MOOC. The Coursera course is taught by Denise Comer, the Director of the First-Year Writing Program. This is one of the first MOOCs to depend primarily on peer assessment for grading and Professor White helped design writing projects and grading rubrics for the platform. This summer he will be guiding the effort to assess the effectiveness of the course after it finishes.

As part of his visit, Professor White has agreed to hold a public talk about his role as a leader in researching and developing better ways to assess student writing gains. It is titled “A Personal, Historical, and Tagmemic Look at the Assessment of Writing: from Multiple-Choice Bubbles to E-Portfolios.”  He will review the developments in portfolios and writing assessment since 1971, when, as an English department chair, he became involved in writing assessment by accident. Next year, his fifteenth book will be published by Utah State/Colorado State University Press. He is the recipient of many honors, including the 2011 Exemplar award from the Conference of College Composition and Communication.

Please join us on June 24 (time TBD) in Perkins 217 for his talk. For more information, please contact Jennie Saia of the Thompson Writing Center.

Elise Mueller, Ph.D.

Author: Elise Mueller, Ph.D.

Elise Mueller is the consultant for the language departments at Duke. Her goal is to help instructors explore the best ways to support language acquisition through technology. As a member of Sakai group, Elise leads training sessions, troubleshoots technical issues, and develops documentation of the support site. More recently, she has assisted faculty with the planning and development of Coursera courses. Her interests include using multimedia in the classroom, emerging models of higher education and e-learning,  and experiential learning.