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Writing Across the Curriculum and OSU Libraries


Inquiry is at the heart of academic and scientific culture and is critical to success in college and beyond. Students often do not understand the purpose of inquiry-based assignments, because they don’t yet have the knowledge to identify and engage in scholarly conversations within a discipline. Representatives from Writing Across the Curriculum and University Libraries will introduce the concept of information literacy, which highlights conceptual understandings and skills related to critical thinking and inquiry. The speakers will share practical writing strategies to help apply and refine these understandings and skills in courses.

Jane Hammons
Ms. Jane Hammons

Assistant Professor: Engagement Librarian, Teaching and Learning Research and Education, Thompson Library
The Ohio State University

Jane is the Teaching and Learning Engagement Librarian and an Assistant Professor at Ohio State. As part of the Teaching and Learning department within the University Libraries, her role is to provide programming to support instructor development within the Libraries and across the University. She also teaches and provides instructional design support for the fully online, credit-bearing courses offered through the Libraries.

Chris Manion
Dr. Chris Manion

Writing Accross the Curriculum Coordinator
Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing
The Ohio State University

Chris is the Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator at the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing. He conducts workshops throughout the university on incorporating writing into teaching and develops resources for teachers using writing in their teaching. He also coordinates the Writing Associates, a program that embeds undergraduate writing consultants in courses across the curriculum.

Materials from Session

Links to Resources on Writing and Information Literacy

  • Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which includes the frames discussed during the session and others you might explore further on your own:
  • Decoding the Disciplines project out of Indiana University, which gives resources for identifying student learning bottlenecks and framing practice and feedback to address those bottlenecks: (note: several of the published books by David Pace, Joan Middendorf, and Leah Shopkow referenced on this site are available through the library electronically)
  • WAC program's resource on Writing to Learn activities, including pdf copies of the booklet of low stakes writing activities workshopped during the session: