5:30-6pm, Session H: Workshops

Liminal Spaces Between Academic & Professional Writing: Through the Lens of Plain Language
Patricia Ackerman (Kansas State University)

Zoom Link: https://ksu.zoom.us/j/9432296044

Preparing students to contribute to the societies in which they live and work is a fundamental tenet of higher education. The Covid pandemic has radically altered both form and function of societal norms. Liminal shifts to online learning platforms present unprecedented opportunities for writing centers to consider the role that Plain Language might play in online learning spaces. Dr. Ackerman invites participants to consider their online teaching/tutoring practices through the lens of Technical Communication and Plain Language Principles. Participants will learn historical context surrounding Plain Language Principles and how these tools can be used to help students find, understand, and use important information more effectively.

Be the Health: The Virtual-Turn as a Healthy Opportunity for Learning Commons Practices
Julia Lane (Simon Fraser University), Kate Elliott (Simon Fraser University), Mohsen Hosseinpour Moghaddam (Simon Fraser University)
Zoom Link: https://sfu.zoom.us/j/62024851702?pwd=aVF2TEh4VjhQQVJUTTBEUnV1dmZ0Zz09
(Meeting ID: 620 2485 1702; Psswrd: health)

Virtual operation has recently been cast as the “sick/deficit mode” – tied to illness and temporary emergency response. Our focus on “being the health” (Singh & Chari, Embodying Racial Justice) embraces the virtual-turn as an opportunity for Learning Commons to proactively re-imagine ourselves as sustainable and reliable parts of students’ and staff’s overall health and well-being. We invite participants into virtual platforms to experience, first-hand, virtual Learning Commons as spaces of opportunity, connection, and health.

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