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Patricia Elliott, MPH. Candidate for . DrPH. Boston University Instructional Innovation Conference. March 2, 2012. Overview. Innovation purpose. Workshop components. Application to other courses. Questions. ID: 490414

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A Professional Memorandum Writing Workshop

Patricia Elliott, MPH

Candidate for

DrPH

Boston University Instructional Innovation Conference

March 2, 2012

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Overview

Innovation purpose

Workshop components

Application to other courses

Questions

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Innovation Purpose

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Context

Course:

Women, Children and Adolescents: Public Health Approaches

Assignment:

Craft a professional memorandum informing a decision maker of a health issue along with a programmatic or policy response.

Need for innovation:

Students lack professional writing experience.

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Goals of the Memo Assignment

Synthesize information

Present ideas clearly and efficiently

Build career related skills

Create a polished writing sample

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Challenges for Students

Professional writing ≠ academic writing

It is difficult to break

successful

habits

Short assignments are the enemy of procrastinators

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Innovation: Memo Workshop

S

tudents need practice and support to build new skills

Multifaceted skills-building workshop

An interactive in-class session

Students work

with their own material

Uses lecture, individual, and group work

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The Workshop

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Components

Instructional

lecture

Individual brainstorming

Group

collaboration

One-on-one

instructor interaction

Class-wide

group discussion of prepared examples

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Section 1- Memo Dissection

A close look at each memo section:The importance of being concise and direct

Introduction

Scope of the problemCurrent approachesProposed program/policyMajor constituencies Conclusion

Instructional Lecture

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Section 2- Partner Time

Practice being succinct and clearStudents turn to their neighbor and must summarize in 60 seconds:The importance of their health issueA brief description of their policy or programmatic recommendationClass discussion of challenges

Group Work

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Section 3- The Art of Writing

Presentation of the nuances of professional writing with a focus on:ToneFormattingContentGeneral writing tipsActive/passive voiceGrammarCitations

Instructional Lecture

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Section 4- Practice with Topic

Individual work guided by a handout Partner work present ideas and ask questions to neighborsFaculty workone-on-one questions addressed by roving faculty and TAs

Individual and Group Work

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Section 5- Analysis of Examples

Examples of each memo section are displayed on-screen and in a handoutClass-wide discussion of strengths and weaknesses, followed by faculty analysisSlides, with faculty analysis included, are posted to course website after class

Class-Wide Group Work

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Section 5- Analysis of Examples

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Application to Other Courses

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Application of Innovation

Direct use in other courses

Any course that requires students to write a memorandum

Applications in public health, public policy, business sector, etc.

Expanded use for the format

This multi-faceted format for skills building can be applied across the curriculum to help student acquire a variety of new skills

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Summary

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Benefits

Improves students’ understanding of

the nuances of professional writing

Engages and challenges students

to work through their own topic in a way that identifies hurdles and provides immediate support from peers and faculty

Offers flexibility for a range of audiences and educational goals

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Questions?

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