We had an interesting visit in i-Science today from two people at the Writing Centre of St. Mary’s University College Belfast. The topic was thinking about how we teach writing and engage the enthusiasm of students for writing. You’d think this was accepted to be pretty important given that most assessed university work is written. Of course the first step in solving the problem is getting someone to admit there’s a problem.
The workshop in particular was impressive. Not only were they good at helping frame questions to identify if there is a problem, our own undergraduates were responding energetically and providing some really useful insights. Both years are really impressive and the best advert you could have for the course. Between the two sides, they’ve got me enthused enough to check out some of the books on the bibliography at St. Mary’s though not quite yet as I have to rush off for more work.