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Promoting Writing Transfer in assessment for learning

Posted: 6 June, 2017

The Academic Writing Centre and the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre welcomed Professor Kathy Blake Yancey, Kellogg Hunt Professor and Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University, USA to DIT.

Photo courtesy: Connected Educator Month

Professor Yancey facilitated a seminar entitled: Using dialogic feedback approaches to promote writing transfer as part of assessment for learning.  The seminar was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as part of the National Forum enhancement theme – Assessment OF/FOR/AS Learning.

Coordinator of the DIT Academic Writing Centre, Maria Jose Gonzalez explained that participants in the seminar looked at current research in the areas of dialogic feedback and writing transfer so as to help students to develop better writing processes.  “Dialogic feedback begins with students assessing their own work and this achieves two aims.  First, when students initiate the feedback process, they are exerting more authority over it and are therefore more likely to respond positively to the feedback provided.  Second, by using key terms from the Teaching for Transfer curriculum in the feedback, they are reinforced in the context of the student's own composing processes and texts.”


Left to right: Maria Jose Gonzalez, Kathleen Blake Yancey, Dr. Claire McAvinia

Thanking Professor Yancey for her visit to DIT and for a very enjoyable and stimulating seminar, Maria Jose Gonzalez also acknowledged the support of Dr. Claire McAvinia, Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre, DIT, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing. 

Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg Hunt Professor and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, teaches courses in Composition Theory; Electronic Portfolios; and Classroom Writing Assessment. Editor or Author of 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters, she is the lead PI for the Transfer of Transfer Project. She is also a recipient of numerous awards, including the Donald Murray Writing Prize and two best book awards from the Council of Writing Program Administrators. For more information see