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The Academic Writing Centre DIT, in collaboration with the Writing Program at George Washington University, Washington, DC, organised a series of workshops for postgraduate students in Arts & Tourism, Business, Engineering and Built Environment, and Sciences and Health.   Masters and PhD students from DIT, IT Blanchardstown, and IT Tallaght attended the sessions held in DIT Bolton Street, DIT FOCAS Building, and DIT Aungier Street.  

The Workshop: Writing with Sources provided participants with a practical framework to analyse information and a useful toolkit to effectively integrate academic sources in their own writing. 

The workshops were led by Dr. Rachel Riedner, Associate Professor of Writing and of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Dr. Lowell Abrams, Associate Professor of Writing and of Mathematics. Drs. Riedner and Abrams teach with the Writing Program at the George Washington University, Washington, DC where they are leaders in writing curriculum and graduate advising.

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Postgraduate students from the College of Sciences and Health with Dr. Rachel Riedner, Dr. Lowell Abrams, and Maria-Jose Gonzalez (Head, Academic Writing Centre DIT).  (Front left to right)

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Dr. Rachel Riedner is Associate Professor of Writing and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the George Washington University in Washington, DC where she serves as Executive Director of the University Writing Program.  Her scholarship combines an interest in writing and rhetoric with a feminist analysis of contemporary globalization. She is the author of two books as well as multiple essays and book chapters. Dr. Riedner is a nationally and internationally known curricular leader who has led workshops at six Irish higher education institutions as well as universities in South Africa and the US.  She was recently granted a Fulbright Specialist Grant to work with faculty and graduate students on writing curriculum in Norway.

Dr. Lowell Abrams earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1997 from The Johns Hopkins University. After spending three years in a visiting position at Rutgers University, he joined the faculty of the George Washington University (GWU), where he currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. Aside from his mathematics research, which deals with symmetries of graph embeddings and combinatorics of recursively generated arrays, Dr. Abrams has a strong interest in mathematical writing and pedagogy. In 2005 and 2006 he taught three separate cohorts of in-service middle-school teachers a semester course which conceptualized elementary mathematics in a manner inspired by modern algebra. In 2011 he won the GWU Writing-In-the-Disciplines-Program Distinguished Teaching Award for his courses "Mathematics as a Language" and "Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning. In the last few years Dr. Abrams has enjoyed multiple opportunities to lead workshop sessions and participate on panels dealing with issues of "writing in the discipline," and in Fall 2018 his title will change to Associate Professor of Writing and of Mathematics. 

Making a scholarly contribution to a field invariably involves interacting with sources, both in terms of understanding what other scholars have done with their sources and what you yourself will do with yours. Doing this effectively, however, requires careful training and thought. This hands-on workshop will revolve around a rhetorical framework introduced by Joseph Bizup called BEAM (Background, Exhibit, Argument, and Method) which is useful for organizing your thoughts when reading, as well as writing, scholarly works. Participants will be guided in applying this framework while analyzing an article and while reflecting on how they use sources in their own research. 

The workshop is lead by Dr. Rachel Riedner, Associate Professor of Writing and of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Dr. Lowell Abrams, Associate Professor of Mathematics. Drs. Riedner and Abrams teach with the Writing Program at the George Washington University, Washington, DC where they are leaders in writing curriculum and graduate advising.

Dr. Rachel Riedner is Associate Professor of Writing and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the George Washington University in Washington, DC where she serves as Executive Director of the University Writing Program.  Her scholarship combines an interest in writing and rhetoric with a feminist analysis of contemporary globalization. She is the author of two books as well as multiple essays and book chapters. Dr. Riedner is a nationally and internationally known curricular leader who has led workshops at six Irish higher education institutions as well as universities in South Africa and the US. She was recently granted a Fulbright Specialist Grant to work with faculty and graduate students on writing curriculum in Norway.

Dr. Lowell Abrams earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1997 from The Johns Hopkins University. After spending three years in a visiting position at Rutgers University, he joined the faculty of the George Washington University (GWU), where he currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. Aside from his mathematics research, which deals with symmetries of graph embeddings and combinatorics of recursively generated arrays, Dr. Abrams has a strong interest in mathematical writing and pedagogy. In 2005 and 2006 he taught three separate cohorts of in-service middle-school teachers a semester course which conceptualized elementary mathematics in a manner inspired by modern algebra. In 2011 he won the GWU Writing-In-the-Disciplines-Program Distinguished Teaching Award for his courses "Mathematics as a Language" and "Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning. In the last few years Dr. Abrams has enjoyed multiple opportunities to lead workshop sessions and participate on panels dealing with issues of "writing in the discipline," and in Fall 2018 his title will change to Associate Professor of Writing and of Mathematics. 

Launch of ‘Write now’ Postgraduate Students Writing Group.

The Academic Writing Centre DIT, in collaboration with the Graduate Research School, launched a new initiative to support postgraduate students on Friday 16th February.  

The ‘Write now’ Postgraduate Students Writing Group is facilitated by a tutor and founded on peer-support and collaborative principles.  Students meet weekly to discuss their writing and to assist each other in the process of writing.

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Rachel Riedner, Associate Professor of Writing and Women’s Studies and Executive Director University Writing Programme, George Washington University, Washington DC and Lowell Abrams, Associate Professor of Mathematics also from George Washington University facilitated a series of workshops for DIT PhD students on the topic of Writing a Literature Review.  The workshops were organised by the Academic Writing Centre DIT and supported by Campus Life.

 

Photograph:  Rachel Riedner, Associate Professor of Writing and Women’s Studies and Executive Director University Writing Programme, George Washington University, Washington DC (right) and Lowell Abrams, Associate Professor of Mathematics, George Washington University, Washington DC,  (centre) with Brian Gormley, Head, Campus Life DIT.

Photograph:  Lowell Abrams, Associate Professor of Mathematics from George Washington University, Washington DC (left), Rachel Riedner, Associate Professor of Writing and Women’s Studies and Executive Director University Writing Programme from George Washington University, Washington DC (centre) with Maria-Jose Gonzalez, Coordinator, Academic Writing Centre DIT.

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Maria-Jose Gonzalez, coordinator Academic Writing Centre DIT participated in the First-Year Get Smart! engagement event organised by the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism on Wed. Jan 25 in DIT Mountjoy Square.  This event was the ideal platform to promote the AWC to First Year students.

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Dr. Lesley Gourlay, Director, Academic Writing Centre, Institute of Education, University College London and María-José González, Coordinator, Academic Writing Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology.

María-José González, coordinator Academic Writing Centre, DIT completed an Erasmus +  Staff Training Mobility at the Academic Writing Centre, Institute of Education, University College London from 24th – 28th May 2016.

During her visit María-José had the opportunity to meet Dr. Lesley Gourlay, director of the AWC, members of the lecturing team and admin staff.  Maria Jose was welcome to sit in academic writing classes, to observe peer feedback sessions and to explore academic writing materials and resources developed at the AWC, Institute of Education, UCL.

This initial visit will undoubtedly pave the way for further collaboration between the academic writing centres at the two institutions.

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Professor Brian Norton presents Access and Civic Engagement Staff Award to María-José González, Coordinator, Academic Writing Centre, DIT.

The inaugural event of the DIT Access and Civic Engagement Staff Awards took place on Tuesday 31st May in St Laurence’s, Grangegorman.

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Enquiry through reading and writing – highlighting transition through the development of HE reading and writing strategies

 

  • Monday 15th December 2014
  • The Courtyard, DIT Aungier Street
  • 09.30-12.30
  • Facilitator: Professor Martha A. Townsend, University of Missouri
  • Maximum number of participants: 30

  Martha Towsend Workshop Details

 


DIT Academic Writing Centre (AWC) Launch

 

DIT Academic Writing Centre is open for business!

 

The first students have visited the recently established AWC Kevin St location to obtain advice on their academic written work.  The Centre provides a free service to all DIT students (undergraduate and postgraduate) Tutors are specially trained to support students’ development of the necessary skills to be able to manage and complete all forms of written academic work.

 

The Centre was officially opened on 25th November by Prof Sarah Moore, chairperson of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. 

 

 

 

 

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