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. We began by listing a few of the best links we knew of and the list has grown over time as members of the WAC community have recommened new links. We 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 our recommendation form. If you'd like us to add a new category or subcategory to this links list, please contact us.
-- Stephen Bernhardt and Kevin Brooks
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
The following tipsheets are available:
Building Written and Oral Communication into Your Classroom,
Responding to Student Writing,
Managing the Paper Load,
Alternative Paper Assignments,
How to Manage Grammar,
Using Reflective Writing in Service Learning,
Service-Learning Assignments: Using Reflective Writing for Science and Engineering Courses, and
You can also find links to these tip sheets under the Resources/Teaching Exchange area of the WAC Clearinghouse.
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.
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.
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.