18.05.–27.05.2021 Virtual Symposium "Writing Analytics: Incubating Writing Analytics Research in the Time of COVID-19" in co-operation with Susan Lang from the University of Ohio. The symposium is held in MS Teams, if you wish to join write to djuddah.leijen [ät] ut.ee.
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the ways in which we interact. Both the September, 2020 Analytics Conference in Tartu, Estonia, and the February, 2021 North American Conference were postponed following its onset. Nevertheless, research has continued under these adverse conditions. In light of the tension between pandemic and productivity, we invite presentations of works-in-progress on a diverse range of analytics topics that engage the taxonomy of research of various natures (methodological, pedagogical, public-facing and community-engaged, historical, theoretical, and interventional). Recognizing the international nature of our field, the symposium will offer options for both synchronous and asynchronous interactions and feedback for participants via the Microsoft Teams interface. This symposium is sponsored by the Ohio State University, the University of Tartu, and The Journal of Writing Analytics
Abstracts, schedule and direct links to the online presentations/recordings.
A webinar with a similar focus took place again on 8 April 2021 as a Facebook livestream.
HVLC.10.001 AVOK: Writing Boot Camp I (3 ECTS)
HVLC.10.002 AVOK: Writing Boot Camp II (3 ECTS)
HVLC.10.003 AVOK: Writing Boot Camp III (3 ECTS)
The main objective of the course is to support the thesis writing process of bachelor and master level students. The course is supplementary to the bachelor and master seminars and focuses only on the topics related to thesis writing. The course provides suitable conditions for completing the thesis in time.
The course gives an overview of the process oriented approach to writing and planning one's writing process. Much attention is paid to feedback, which includes learning to critically analyze other's texts, give constructive feedback as well as to receive and effectively use the feedback from others. The course covers the following topics related to thesis writing: problem statement, phrasing the research questions/hypotheses; citing and avoiding plagiarism; describing the method (and data collection process); representing results; discussion; writing the introduction and conclusion; representing one's findings orally.
The course supports thesis writing throughout the whole semester. The course includes both lectures and seminars that take place every other week. For each seminar, all students submit a small amount of the text of their thesis (3-5 pages), which is written according to the guidelines given in the lectures. In the seminars, students read, analyze, and comment on each other's texts. The seminars are held in small groups consisting of students of the same or close disciplines, which conduces to the better quality of the comments.
The general objective of the course is to assists students who are in the process of starting their dissertations and intend to graduate next spring. It is an intensive academic writing course focusing on the needs of the participants so that the writing process could get a kick start.
Upon completing the course, the participants:
1. know how to start their thesis;
2. have set further goals and know how to continue writing;
3. know how to use different sources and tools in the writing of the thesis.
The course centers on the initial stages of writing the thesis. The topics to be discussed include pre-writing, generating ideas, the wording of research questions, description of research methods, finding literature and working with it, avoiding plagiarism, managing references, structuring the thesis, reaching the aims that were set.
You can participate in the course whether you are writing in Estonian or English.
Consultants from AVOK will join the course to provide additional feedback and individual consultations. The course operates on the premise that given guidelines, a motivating atmosphere and professional consultations on the side is the ideal recipe for developing the dissertation, or any aspect of academic writing.
The general objective of the course is to assists students who are in the process of writing their dissertations and intend to graduate in the spring of 2015. It is an intensive academic writing course focusing on the needs of the participants in order to support them in this process.
Upon completion of the course, participants:
1. Are able to overcome problems encountered during the writing process by applying specific writing strategies;
2. are close to completing their dissertation;
3. are able to be more reflective about their own text;
4. are a step closer to graduating successfully.
The topics to be covered include the writing process and its final stages, e.g. structuring the thesis, reviewing and editing the draft, linking own and others' ideas, presenting statistical data in academic texts, writing the introduction and conclusion, reference management etc. The course is intended for students writing in both English and Estonian. During the course, the students will be working on their own thesis intensively. During the sessions, the students will get information about the main aspects of academic writing and thesis writing.
The primary goal of this course is to introduce academic writing tutoring. This entails that participants will learn what it means to be a tutor and how tutoring supports the learning process of academic writing.
The course operates on the premise that revision is the single most critical process in the improvement of academic writing. It's the task of a tutor to facilitate this process of revision, not by correcting, but by advising, guiding and steering.
In order to gain a better insight into the role of writing tutor, we will explore the pedagogy behind the process approach to teaching academic writing and the application in different disciplines and curricula. This includes how a writing tutor diagnoses problems and responds or communicates to these problems. In addition we will explore what a tutoring session looks like, and what is expected from you as a writing tutor during those sessions. Exploration will be carried out through active discussions and practical tutoring sessions with your peers.
Participants are required to:
- have a command of English at least on the B2 level;
- be enthusiastic about the idea of becoming a writing tutor;
- be confident they are able to work one-on-one with students to guide them through academic writing development;
- be Bachelor/Master level students/or Doctoral student- wanting to learn about writing tutoring.
Active class participation is an integral part of successful completion of this course in addition to a 80% attendance. Pass/fail will be determined based on your personal input, motivation, and willingness to work as writing tutors.