The 4x4 Initiative: Writing-Integration Workshops for Faculty
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the 4x4 Initiative supports faculty-development in the teaching of writing. The initiative enrolls 4 faculty members from 4 different departments annually. The program's goal is to help faculty redesign individual courses and departmental curricula in ways that make writing a powerful tool for student learning rather than simply a method of “generating a grade." For more information on writing-integrated courses see our Designing Writing-Integrated Courses page.
The 4x4 initiative hosts a series of workshops, discussions, and events that invite faculty on the UW campus to workshop and discuss their plans for integrating writing into undergradaute course work. Faculty from participating units take different paths to address their department’s writing needs: some focus on a single set of existing undergraduate courses; others develop new undergraduate courses designed to fit within an existing departmental curriculum; and others create an unrelated course to be taught by individual faculty members.
Workshops in past years have focused on topics such as:
- Introduction to the 4x4 Project;
- Assignment Design and Scaffoling (including "Low Stakes" writing);
- Creating Rubrics and Assessing Grading Techniques;
- Managing the Paper Load;
- Working with TAs;
- Using Writing Centers and Peer Review;
- Discussions of the Classes Faculty Plan to Teach and the Specific Issues Related to those Courses.
Faculty participating in the 4x4 Initiative meet during Fall, Winter and Spring quarters to discuss their progress on the redesign of courses and to share their written descriptions/reflections on their courses.
The 4x4 Initiaive has also sponsored stand-alone workshops in departments with faculty interested in working on particular issues related to writing-integration or courses offered through their departments.
For more information on the 4x4 program, contact the Arts & Sciences Writing Program.