Class Visits by Senior Fellows

Class visits from a senior writing fellow, our tutor coordinator, or Dr. Keller are available by faculty request.

Past visits have addressed such student concerns as

Getting Started Drafting an Essay
Radical Revision
Public Speaking and Presentations
Key Components of College Writing
And more…

Workshop visits can also be designed by the instructor in collaboration with tutors!

To learn more, contact director Jim Keller at keller@bard.edu

The Writing Fellows Program

Bard’s Writing Fellows are tutors who read the first substantial drafts of student papers and hold conferences to suggest revisions for every paper assigned in the class that they tutor (usually representing a minimum of 25-pages per semester). The purpose of this program, in which peer tutors are dedicated to specific courses, is to facilitate the oft-repeated desire by professors to get better essays from students, while preparing the students to write and revise stronger senior projects. While teachers tend to talk about the writing and revision process only in freshman academic writing courses, research reveals the formidable advantages to exploring the writing process in all disciplines. Students are more likely to be engaged in classes when they receive regular feedback.

To request a Writing Fellow for your course, contact Director Jim Keller at keller@bard.edu.

Guidelines for Working with a Writing Fellow
Optional Paragraph for Syllabus on Working with a Writing Fellow
Student Evaluation of Writing Fellows Form

"Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques" in Reading and Note-Taking

10 learning techniques and recommendations about their relative utility.

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Tips for Collaborative Learning in Class

Why choose between lecturing from your own expertise and having students learn by drawing on their experience? Group work that you scaffold as faculty encourages both. Collaborative Learning also provides a prime example of HIGH-IMPACT PRACTICES brought to Bard from the National Survey of Student Engagement (2007): Experiences that matter: Enhancing student learning and success—Annual Report 2007. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University.

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Resources for Faculty

Writing is central to the Bard curriculum, and we encourage faculty from all programs to incorporate the teaching of writing into their courses. There are also many ways to use writing to deepen the learning experience of students. The documents below have emerged from our work with faculty in recent years. If you have questions about anything you find here, or if you wish to talk specifically about the uses of writing in your class, don’t hesitate to contact Jim Keller, director of the Learning Commons, at keller@bard.edu.

Bringing Writing Into the Classroom
Nine Ways to Spend a Class on Writing

Collaborative Learning in Class: Tips and Tricks

Scaffolding group work around writing that you have assigned, either as a response to assignment or as reflective processing of what is being learned.

  • Collaborative Learning (IWT)