Pedagogy Symposium in Writing, Research, and Discourse Studies

Tuesday December 13, 2022
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, would like to invite you to the Pedagogy Symposium in Writing, Research, and Discourse Studies.

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Event Schedule
9:30am-9:40am Welcome 
9:40am-10:30am Roundtable “Writing Studies and Indigenous Ways of Knowing” with Tara Lee, Stephen Dadugblor, Jennifer Walsh Marr, and Katja Thieme 
10:30am-10:40am Break 
10:40am-11:30am Panel 1: Teams, Assessment, Abstraction 
Rebecca Carruthers Den Hoed, Deo Nizonkiza, Mary Ann Saunders 
11:30am-11:40am Break 
11:40am-12:30pm Panel 2: Questioning Colonial Patterns, Community, Genre 
Kimberly Richards, Andrew Connolly, Nazih El-Bezre

The WRDS Pedagogy Symposium showcases recent work in the teaching of writing and discourse studies. Our featured roundtable reflects on how Indigenous ways of knowing and anti-racist pedagogies challenge the teaching of writing studies. Panel presentations span topics such as collaborative writing, decolonization, dynamic assessment, reflective writing, research communities, and abstraction.

The School of Journalism, Writing and Media (JWAM) at UBC on the Musqueam land brings together a range of innovative approaches to the practice and teaching of journalistic and academic writing and other forms of communication. JWAM’s journalism and writing courses reach several thousand students from across the university each year. The research-informed pedagogy of the JWAM team has included the continued development of our teaching, for instance, writing and issues related to decolonization, race, Indigeneity, trans identities and disability. As we continue our work in these areas, we recognize there are gaps in the diversity of our fields as well as the inclusivity of our research and teaching practices. The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion speaker series is a part of an ongoing effort to address these gaps and aims to further the conversation on EDI and the teaching of writing.

WRDS is a core course used across faculties throughout the campus as the writing requirement for faculties and programs. To support students across the many faculties multiple approaches are used in the course such as WAD or Writing Across the Disciplines. The WAD approach is used to introduce students to the disciplinary culture which includes but is not limited to attitudes, conceptualizations and epistemologies of various disciplines. Research and writing styles of subjects that appeal to various faculties and their students are also incorporated into the course. Upon successful completion of WRDS, students are prepared with writing and research skills they can use in their academic pursuits.