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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!
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
WAC at the University of Richmond  Top Rated!
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
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
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
Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute
The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College, CUNY is a long-running initiative to promote effective communication, especially business communication, within a very diverse urban institution. They sponsor a yearly symposium in May.   Info
Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The Council of Writing Program Administrators Statement on Best Practices
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
Discussion Tips for Electronic Communication
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
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
Effective Communication Skills for Nurses
RNtoBSN.org has published this Web-based resource on effective communication skills for nurses. It was created to help improve lines of communication between individuals within care settings. The site's mission is to give students the tools and information to empower their education and career.   Info
Website with resources and blog pertaining to writing, editing, and managing Web sites.   Info
Innovative Teaching Showcase: Creating a Culture of Writing
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
Lancaster Literacy Research Centre
Contains material relating to adult literacies, literate practices in the community, and academic literacies   Info
National Writing Project
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
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
Peer Review in the Classroom: A Guide for Students
In 2011, MIT created a set of short videos about peer review—one for students and one for faculty—that address common issues with peer review and place student peer review in the context of professional peer review. These videos offer examples of peer review on both written and oral communication, and include perspectives from faculty in many different disciplines. The companion video, Peer Review in the Classroom: A Guide for Instructors is at https://youtu.be/ZGloEeb1QlI .   Info
Place-based Writing across the Disciplines
Video interviews compiled under the direction of Jim Henry at U Hawaii-Manoa. Over two years, 17 instructors and 32 students from 16 different departments in writing intensive courses in which at least one writing assignment focused on local geography were video interviewed about teaching and learning, using standardized questionnaires. Their responses were edited into 680 discrete video clips that were then coded and tagged by a team of English graduate students and their instructor. These video clips comprise the Collections in this Scholarspace Community, augmented by keywords and abstracts to contribute to national and international research communities in Writing across the Curriculum (WAC)/Writing in the Disciplines (WID) as well as researchers investigating place-based writing. We also situate this research with respect to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), so that the contributions of students and teachers in these clips can support teachers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and elsewhere in developing writing assignments, courses, and curricula that tap geographic place to boost student engagement.   Info
The EServer Tech Comm Library
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
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
Word Works
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
Writing Guides
Excellent set of guides for faculty   Info
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Writing Fellows