Redefining the undergraduate learning experience in Creative Writing

TitleRedefining the undergraduate learning experience in Creative Writing
Faculty/College/UnitArts
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2018
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorJohn Vigna
Year 1: Funded Amount79,720
Year 1: Team Members

John Vigna, Instructor, Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts
Annabel Lyon, Associate Professor / Curriculum Chair, Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts
Nancy Lee, Assistant Professor / Minor Program Chair, Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts
Alix Ohlin, Incoming Chair (Jan 2018), Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts
Andrew Gray, Program Coordinator / edX, Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts

Year 1: Summary

We seek to renew our Minor Program curriculum by piloting five courses in a blended learning redesign to increase student engagement and learning flexibility: three CRWR 200-level lecture courses (200-250 students/each) and the update of two existing 300-level flipped classroom courses (60-90 students/each). In year 1, these courses will be evaluated and form the foundation for converting other Minor Program courses to a blended learning model in years 2 and 3. Based on feedback we’ve received for our scaffolded approach in the edX space, the blended redesign of our Minor Program includes interactive video and audio, critical reading and analysis with companion online evaluation tools, and peer/self-assessment to provide students with deeper awareness of their creative intent and to foster greater student/student and student/instructor engagement. Online resources will facilitate a thoughtful pedagogical foundation allowing in-class contact hours to focus on the core learning outcomes of the course, creative processes and experiential learning vital to creative writing.

Year 1: TLEF ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 2: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorJohn Vigna
Year 2: Funded Amount79,728
Year 2: Team Members

John Vigna, Lecturer, Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts
Annabel Lyon, Associate Professor / Curriculum Chair, Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts
Nancy Lee, Assistant Professor / Minor Program Chair, Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts
Alix Ohlin, Chair, Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts
Andrew Gray, Program Coordinator / edX, Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts

Year 2: Summary

Building on our four piloted courses in year 1 of the TLEF, we seek to renew our Minor Program curriculum by redesigning five courses in a blended learning model to increase student engagement and learning flexibility: three CRWR 200-level lecture courses (100-200 students/each) and two 300-level flipped classroom courses (60-90 students/each).

Based on feedback we’ve received for our scaffolded approach in the initial, anecdotal success of the piloted courses from year 1 of the TLEF and the edX space, the blended redesign of our Minor Program courses in year 2 includes interactive video and audio, critical reading and analysis with companion online evaluation tools, and peer/self-assessment to provide students with deeper awareness of their creative intent and to foster greater student/student and student/instructor engagement. Online resources will facilitate a thoughtful pedagogical foundation allowing in-class contact hours to focus on the core learning outcomes of the course, creative processes and experiential learning vital to creative writing.