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Welcome to the WAC Clearinghouse Links. These links pages point to useful, current online resources for designing, developing, and maintaining healthy writing initiatives in schools and colleges. The pages began with a listing of a few of the best links avaialable and the list has grown over time as members of the WAC community have recommened new links. I hope you will help us continue to develop this list of valuable resources.

To view links, follow the links to the right. To add a new link, please complete the recommendation form. If you'd like us to add a new category or subcategory to this links list, please contact me.

-- Stephen Bernhardt
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An Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum  Top Rated!
http://wac.colostate.edu/intro/
A Colorado State U introduction for faculty intended to encourage good practice across the curriculum. Compiled by Kate Kiefer, a member of the faculty at CSU. Copyright 2000.   Info
Communication Across the Curriculum at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale  Top Rated!
http://www.cac.siuc.edu/
A well designed, comprehensive site with a wide range of resources and links.   Info
Electronic Communication Across the Curriculum  Top Rated!
http://wordsworth2.net/projects/ecac/ecacbk1.htm
Electronic Communication Across the Curriculum is an edited collection in which teachers and program heads throughout the United States present adaptable models of computer-supported communication using the pedagogies of writing for learning and writing with computers -- including science, math, history, philosophy, technical writing, accounting, literature, and marketing. Edited by Donna Reiss, Dickie Selfe, and Art Young (NCTE, 1998) http://bookstore.ncte.org/default.asp?id_product=3066.   Info
WAC at the University of Richmond  Top Rated!
http://writing.richmond.edu/wac/
This well designed and comprehensive site provides access to write-to-learn activities, a Writing Fellows handbook, and links to other WAC resources, among other features. You can read their newsletter at: http://writing.richmond.edu/resources/newsletter.htm   Info
Writing Across the Curriculum Resources for Secondary Education at the McCallie School  Top Rated!
http://www.mccallie.org/podium/default.aspx?t=109651
This website, which focuses on secondary education, describes writing activities used within and among classes in all disciplines at McCallie. It also offers suggestions for writing activities in different disciplines to improve thinking, writing and learning.   Info
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
http://www.attw.org
ATTW brings together teachers and researchers in technical, scientific, medical, and professional communication. They publish TCQ, meet yearly, sponsor an active listserv, and maintain a top website with excellent materials.   Info
CAC.ophony.org
http://cac.ophony.org
cac.ophony is a weblog on communication-intensive instruction at the college level and its implications for students about to face the challenges of writing and speaking publicly in professional settings. cac.ophony is administered and maintained by the Fellows of the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College, CUNY.   Info
Campus Writing Program, Colorado School of Mines
http://www.mines.edu/academic/lais/wc
The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Writing Program is founded on the idea that the ability to communicate effectively will make Mines graduates more competitive, more confident, more successful in their careers, and ultimately in a better position to influence their chosen fields, the workplace, and our world. Jon Leydens, Writing Program Administrator E-Mail: jleydens@mines.edu   Info
Computer Teaching Tips: Simple Ideas for Teaching Writing and Reading in Computer Labs
http://www.emunix.emich.edu/~krause/Tips/
Steve Krause, who maintains this site, writes, "I've included an eclectic variety of ideas here thinking that if some of these idea works for someone, it's a good thing, and I'd rather give people the opportunity to make their own decisions about what they think are good (or bad) ideas."   Info
Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The Council of Writing Program Administrators Statement on Best Practices
http://www.wpacouncil.org/node/9
Available as a PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file, "this statement responds to the growing educational concerns about plagiarism in four ways: by defining plagiarism; by suggesting some of the causes of plagiarism; by proposing a set of responsibilities (for students, teachers, and administrators) to address the problem of plagiarism; and by recommending a set of practices for teaching and learning that can significantly reduce the likelihood of plagiarism. The statement is intended to provide helpful suggestions and clarifications so that instructors, administrators, and students can work together more effectively in support of excellence in teaching and learning."   Info
Designing Writing Assignments
http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/wassign/index.c ...
This online tool gives teachers across the curriculum a series of questions to answer as they think about goals for writing in their classes and how different kinds of writing tasks might meet those goals.   Info
Digital Signage
http://www.allsee-tech.com
Digital signage displays - AllSee Technologies, a company focused entirely on providing cost effective digital signage solutions to a diverse range of organisations.   Info
Discussion Tips for Electronic Communication
http://wordsworth2.net/activelearning/ecacdiscustips.htm
Adaptable tips for teaching with Web discussion boards and email lists plus links to assignment design ideas, strategies for generating participation, suggestions for evaluating posts, and additional resources.   Info
Editing and Proofreading Strategies
http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/processes/editing/
Although written for students to use, this online module reviews strategies and steps teachers can move through quickly to help students prepare cleaner final drafts of papers.   Info
Evaluating writing assignments
http://writing.colostate.edu/references/teaching/grading/
A short online resource to help teachers get started with commenting on students' papers.   Info
Innovative Teaching Showcase: Creating a Culture of Writing
http://pandora.cii.wwu.edu/showcase2007/
This is an online publication created by the Center for Instructional Innovation as a way to highlight and share exceptional teaching practices by Western Washington University faculty. Each year, several instructors are nominated to participate, and then work extensively with the CII to create this in-depth resource. This year’s Showcase theme, "Creating a Culture of Writing," honors faculty who embed the writing process into their coursework and engage students with quality writing assignments. Includes faculty portfolio, syllabi, video interviews, and learning outcomes.   Info
Inventio
http://www.doit.gmu.edu/inventio
Journal of creative thinking about learning and teaching; each issue devoted to a special topic in teaching practice and theory   Info
Lancaster Literacy Research Centre
http://www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk/
Contains material relating to adult literacies, literate practices in the community, and academic literacies   Info
National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
http://www.nrdc.org.uk
NRDC is a consortium of partners, dedicated to conducting research and development projects into adult literacy, numeracy, ESOL and ICT. The NRDC website contains a range of research reports and reviews to download or order free of charge.   Info
National Writing Project
http://writingproject.org/About/index.html
The National Writing Project focuses on helping teachers become writers. It also helps them become better writing teachers. Its primary mission "is to improve the teaching of writing and improve learning in the nation's schools."   Info
Open Colleges: InformEd
http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/teacher-resources/te ...
InformEd is a learning and teaching hub designed for educators and e-learners, featuring resources and interactive and innovative ideas for learning and trends in education as well as education technology. The resource is an introduction to teaching strategies, including directive and non-directive learnin.techniques. Contact Person: Tess Pajaron   Info
Prince George's Reasoning Across the Curriculum Program
http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/
The site contains much of interest to faculty teaching disciplinary thinking in their courses: articles, workshop handouts, lists of books on teaching thinking, links to other web sites on teaching thinking, a list of URLs for students writing persuasive arguments, and more.   Info
The EServer Tech Comm Library
http://tc.eserver.org/
Eserver is an online publishing outlet serving a variety of audiences and authors who decide that mainline publishing is not the way to go. The TC Library is a portal to many resources in tech comm. Another portal organizes resources in rhetoric. Maintained by Geoff Sauer at U Washington.   Info
Tip Sheets for Faculty Development Workshops
http://www.english.udel.edu/wc/faculty/tipsheets
These tipsheets are meant for those who conduct faculty development workshops or who just want to share good advice with faculty across the campus. We gathered the best advice from multiple sources and created topical tipsheets that are ready to print and use. The tipsheets are Word files, so they can be customized for local use. We ask that if you use the tipsheets, that you keep the footer with the icons for the WAC Clearinghouse and the University of Delaware Writing Center. If you would like to contribute a tipsheet of your own, email Steve Bernhardt at sab@udel.edu. The following tipsheets are available: Building Written and Oral Communication into Your Classroom, Responding to Student Writing, Peer Review, Grading Rubrics, Managing the Paper Load, Alternative Paper Assignments, How to Manage Grammar, Preventing Plagiarism, Using Reflective Writing in Service Learning, Service-Learning Assignments: Using Reflective Writing for Science and Engineering Courses, and Helpful Websites. You can also find links to these tip sheets under the Resources/Teaching Exchange area of the WAC Clearinghouse.   Info
University Writing Center at Texas A&M University
http://writingcenter.tamu.edu
The WID program at Texas A&M University is housed in the writing center. The writing center functions traditionally to support student writing, but it also supports faculty development and offers writing assistants to work with writing-intensive classes, among other services. Follow the links under Faculty & Advisors to see more on the WID program.   Info
University Writing Program @ Virginia Tech
http://www.uwp.vt.edu/
Virginia Tech's University Writing Program (UWP) provides support to faculty who incorporate student writing and speaking into their courses. UWP also serves as a link between the Core Curriculum and faculty who teach Writing Intensive courses. programs.   Info
WAC at George Mason University
http://wac.gmu.edu
Includes links to the several facets of WAC at GMU, e.g., the Writing Center, the WI requirement, Online Guides to Writing in the Disciplines, plus history and resources for teachers   Info
WAC Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://mendota.english.wisc.edu/~WAC
Advice and samples for instructors, drawn from writing-intensive courses at UW-Madison. WAC newsletter. Info about Madison's WAC program.   Info
Word Works
http://www.idbsu.edu/wcenter/issues.htm
Housed at Boise State University's writing center Web site, Word Works is a series of broadsides on rhetoric and composition. Written from a cross-disciplinary perspective by members of the Writing Center staff and of the BSU faculty, it is intended as a resource for instructors in any discipline who are interested in using writing to enhance learning.   Info
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