Faculty Resources

Guest Lecture Guidelines

How to have a writing advisor visit your classroom

The Effective Writing Center (EWC) provides online writing advisors for scheduled one-week visits to online classes and online portions of face-to-face classes to UMUC faculty in all disciplines. We also try to accommodate requests for on-site visits. The EWC advisor can work with students on a particular writing issue and/or on a particular assignment. Please read the information below to help plan the class visit.

 

Questions for the Faculty Member

  • Will the EWC conference/guest lectures be required or optional?
  • Will the EWC conference be the only conference for that week, or will it be supplemental to other instruction?
  • What are the writing needs of your students?
  • Will your students be working on a particular writing assignment? If so, please provide the assignment and note whether your students will be at the pre-writing, drafting, or revision stage.

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Guest Lecture Content

For all guest lectures, we will post an introductory lecture with general information about the EWC. Within this introductory information is a request that students do not email the EWC advisor directly, and that they do not submit an entire essay for review in the conference area; rather, students are encouraged to submit drafts or portions of drafts to the EWC. We ask that the faculty member reiterate these points in either the Class Announcement for the EWC visit or the Conference announcement.

The following is a list of possible writing topics, which we will tailor to your class. You are not required to choose one whole grouping of topics, but instead can mix and match the subtopics, or you can request guest lectures on topics that are not on the list below. The EWC guest lecture coordinator can work with you to see which topic(s) will best fit your students' needs.

  • If your students will be working on an essay but have not yet chosen a topic, we suggest the following lectures
    • Pre-writing and Brainstorming Techniques
    • General Information About Essay Structure
  • If your students have chosen a topic and are in the beginning phases of writing and/or researching, we suggest the following lectures
    • Outlining
    • Audience Analysis
    • General Iinformation About Essay Structure
    • Specific information on any of these writing techniques: Introductions, conclusions, thesis statements, paragraph structure, transitions, grammar overview.
  • If your students will be writing a research essay, we suggest the following lectures
    • Plagiarism Tutorial
    • MLA, APA, or other Citation Style
    • Quotation Integration
    • Analyzing What You Read

In planning your guest lecture, please keep in mind that questions on how to research an essay might be better directed towards a guest lecture from the library. In addition, we refer all questions about specific assignments to the instructor. Entire paper drafts will be referred to the EWC for regular advisor feedback.

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Guest Lecture Format

There are two formats for EWC guest lecture visits.

  • Workshop: If the faculty member would like a workshop-type guest lecture, we ask that only one or two writing topics be chosen. A workshop is a more hands-on approach to the guest lecture. In this format, the students will post portions of their work for feedback. For example, if the faculty member chooses an "introduction and thesis" workshop, the advisor will post information on both introductions and thesis statements, and the students will post their introductions and thesis statements for personalized feedback. This option works best if the faculty member requires mandatory participation in the EWC guest lecture.
  • Q&A: If the faculty member would like a Q&A guest lecture, the advisor can post up to four different writing topics. General information on each topic will be posted, and students can ask questions. In this format, because more information is given by the EWC advisor, we ask that the faculty member make it clear that students should not post portions of assignments (however, students are always welcome to submit to the EWC). The Q&A format is the better choice if the faculty member does not want to make participation in the EWC guest lecture mandatory.

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How to Request an EWC Guest Lecturer

  1. Contact the Guest Lecture Coordinator: Please e-mail EWC senior advisor at writingcenter@umuc.edu at least two weeks prior to the anticipated date of the guest lecture. This gives the EWC enough time to determine the dates of the visit, the content of the visit, and the advisor who will facilitate the guest lecture.

  2. Set up registration for your WebTycho Classroom: As soon as the guest lecture coordinator has confirmed the guest lecture dates, the faculty member should contact EWC Director Dan Gallagher (dgallagher@umuc.edu) to register the EWC advisor in her/his classroom as a TA. Registration can take 48 hours to occur, and should be requested at least one week before the first day of the guest lecture.

  3. Create Conference Topic Space: The faculty member should create a separate Conference Topic for the EWC visit. We recommend that the instructor create this space on the same day that he/she requests the advisor be registered in the WebTycho classroom.

  4. Provide Assignment Guidelines/Description to Guest Lecturer: If the guest lecture is in conjunction with a writing assignment, the faculty member should supply the guest lecturer with a copy of the assignment so that the guest lecturer can best assist the students.

  5. Post Class Announcement: The faculty member posts an announcement in WebTycho for students, introducing the guest lecture and including expectations for the visit.

  6. Review Guest Lectures: The guest lecturer posts the lectures one week in advance of the scheduled lecture for the faculty member to review. The faculty member should contact the guest lecturer at least 24 hours in advance with any suggested changes.

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Guest Lecture Parameters

  • EWC guest lecturers are available one time per semester, per class.
  • For help with a specific assignment, please request that the EWC guest lecturer visit the class two weeks before the assignment is due.
  • EWC guest lecturers will not read an entire draft; we will look over thesis statements, etc. and recommend that students submit papers to EWC, when appropriate.
  • EWC guest lecturers will not edit papers.
  • After the guest lecture, students should be discouraged from contacting the guest lecturer directly. Instead, students should be encouraged to:

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