QUWAC members present on value-added discourse communities at two conferences

Timothy Dansdill and Paul Pasquaretta
Timothy Dansdill (left) and Paul Pasquaretta

June 13, 2014 - Timothy Dansdill, associate professor of English and former QU101 series coordinator, and Paul Pasquaretta, Research and Writing Institute coordinator and adjunct professor, presented on developing value-added discourse communities in a university seminar series at two conferences in May – Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing conference at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada May 24-26, and the Center for Academic Excellence conference at Fairfield University May 30, 2014.

The presentations described how QUWAC-developed strategies and techniques are introduced in QU101 and developed in QU201, courses that are part of the University Seminar Series. These techniques include:

  • PTA — prioritization, translation, and making analogies
  • thematic triangulation — making connections between thematically-linked materials, and
  • annotation-driven discussion

Student and faculty work, including Dansdill's introduction to the 5th edition of the QU101 course reader, The Individual in the Community, and course anthologies produced by Pasquaretta's QU201 students, were featured in the talks. The presenters emphasized assessment of the pedagogy and its effects on the development of students' critical thinking and writing skills.