HIGH POINT, N.C., June 1, 2011 ? Dr. William Carpenter, associate professor of English at High Point University, will have the opportunity to take part in a unique teaching experience by traveling to Shantou University in the Guangdong Province of China. There, he?ll present a series of workshops and lectures.
The workshops are designed for university faculty and will focus on active learning and course design. Carpenter says he plans to use examples from his teaching at High Point University in the workshops and lectures.
Workshops and lectures he?ll present include:
? “Building the Backward Curriculum.” In this workshop, Carpenter will lead a discussion on how to structure a course starting with learning goals, then assessment tools, and finally project design.
? “Reflection and Self-Assessment as Active Learning Pedagogies.” This workshop will demonstrate how reflective writing and guided self-assessment can help students achieve learning goals.
? “Creating Rubrics.” Here, Carpenter will work with the faculty as they design assessment rubrics that match their course learning goals.
? “Promoting Analytical Thinking through Writing.” This workshop will offer faculty a chance to design a learning experience for students.
? “Teaching for Knowledge Transfer out of First-Year Writing.” In this workshop, Carpenter will introduce the concept of knowledge transfer and review the current literature of what students take with them from their first-year courses.
? “What are Academic Habits of Mind? and How do We Teach for Them?” In this lecture, Carpenter will introduce the new “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing.” The Framework outlines several habits of mind that ease students’ transition from high school to first-year writing and from there to writing in the disciplines.
“I’m honored to represent HPU and the United States in a trans-national discussion on teaching writing,” Carpenter says. “I hope to make productive professional connections with the faculty at Shantou University and learn from their expertise.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu. Pam Haynes