“Writing in the Community and the University” was the second in a series of workshops designed to address ways teachers can motivate their students to write through unique and non-traditional methods. Drawing on Activity Theory which points out the disconnect for students between writing in classrooms and writing in the “real world,” our goals for this workshop were
1) to highlight programs and teaching practices across the university that connect OSU students with their communities
in ways that motivate them to write for and/or about their communities, and
2) to provide interested teachers with the knowledge and resources to participate in these programs or employ these teaching practices in their own classes.
Though Ohio State connects students to the community through writing in a variety of ways, we chose to feature the following programs and practices: The Service Learning Initiative, the Professional Writing Program, and individual writing assignments.
We were able to record the event and publish it as a podcast. The podcast can be accessed at the end of this post.