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Saturday, November 16 • 15:30 - 17:00
Turning data into deliverables for L2 writers and writing tutors

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Writing centers and writing programs routinely collect usage data but may be unsure how to apply it for programming purposes. Using case studies (or bring your own data!), attendees will interact with real data (e.g., usage spreadsheets, survey graphs, writers' reflections) to explore ways data can transform practice.


 Fifteen-minute introduction that addresses the need for basing local programming on local data and offers case studies of two R1 institutions:  one in L2 writer programming, one in writing center tutor training.  

 Fifteen-minute activity in which participants use guided questions to determine current knowledge about L2 writers at their own institution and current data practices within their own program, and then identify areas for growth around collecting and analyzing data and transforming it into deliverables.

 Thirty-minute activity during which participants gain hands-on experience in small groups with case study data (or bring their own to use):  analyzing different forms of data (e.g., usage spreadsheets, survey graphs, writers’ reflections), and using data to brainstorm targeted programs for L2 writers (e.g., writing groups structured to address confidence as well as ability) or professional development for tutors (e.g., guided questions to help tutors compare assumptions about L2 writers with survey results from actual writers).  Groups then reflect on applications to individual contexts. 

 Final twenty-minute plenary discussion for cross-institutional dialogue about data-collection methods and ideas for transforming data into practical programming.


Vicki Kennell

Associate Director, Purdue University Writing Lab

Molly Rentscher

Graduate Writing Support Coordinator, University of the Pacific

Saturday November 16, 2019 15:30 - 17:00 MST
Pinal (24 pax)

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