WAC Links

Stephen BernhardtWelcome 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, click on the folders to the left. To add a new link or suggest a new category or subcategory, please contact Stephen Bernhardt, Links Editor, at sab@udel.edu.

An Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum  Featured
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.
Faculty Tip Sheets  Featured
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.
WAC at the University of Richmond  Featured
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
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.
College Guide to Preventing Plagiarism
https://online.maryville.edu/blog/college-guide-to-preventin ...
Information and resources for college and high school students on identifying and preventing all forms of plagiarism. The guide includes specific definitions and examples, an overview on the consequences of plagiarism, and a collection of recommended tools for preventing plagiarism. Developed at Maryville University Online and submitted by Alice Davies.
Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The Council of Writing Program Administrators Statement on Best Practices
http://wpacouncil.org/aws/CWPA/pt/sd/news_article/272555/_PA ...
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."
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.
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.
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.
Website with resources and blog pertaining to writing, editing, and managing Web sites.
InformEd Teaching Resources
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
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.
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."
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 .
Writing & Speaking Guides, Texas A&M
http://writingcenter.tamu.edu/Students/Writing-Speaking-Guid ...
Good, current collection of materials for teaching speaking and writing.
Writing Guides, Colorado State University
Excellent set of guides for faculty