Writing and Tutoring in the Community
Information literacy, skill at public expression, and collaborative practice allow community members to produce "the professional and technical performances expected in contemporary civic forums.” Educating for writing, research, reflection, and expression in the public, private, and civic spheres, the BLC continues to support students in the study of civic rhetoric, which includes our focus on emerging interface technologies. Our classes support Information Literacy (BLC 220), Public Speaking (BLC 180), Argument and Evidence for civic engagement (BLC 240).
Our classes support Information Literacy (BLC 220), Public Speaking (BLC 180), Argument and Evidence for civic engagement (BLC 240). We also provide courses in Composition Pedagogies (BLC 235), along with training in the pedagogical approaches needed to practice tutoring on and off-campus. Tutoring is sometimes overlooked as a source of civic engagement because it remains so effective within the college setting. But through their college experience and after graduation, Learning Commons writing tutors continue to support community literacy through their informed, coordinated work with the Bard Prison Initiative, the Bard MAT, the Bard Debate Union, TLS, the Open Society university Network, community enrichment and literacy programs, returning learners and in private tutoring. Learning Commons tutors also train novice tutors in all subjects and volunteer in high numbers for K-12, 65+, community enrichment, and social learning programs.