Teaching with Writing (Writing Across the Curriculum)

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

The Writing Across the Curriculum Program works with instructors to help their students think critically and write clearly.  

We work directly with instructors to help them create well-designed writing assignments and effective and efficient grading guides. In addition to one-on-one consultations with instructors, we also offer seminars and workshops for faculty on topics such as the following: Designing clear assignments; Evaluating written assignments; Commenting on student writing; Writing and critical thinking; Using informal writing assignments.  

The WAC program also supports instructors in their classes by visiting classes to give presentations that help prepare your students to begin their writing assignment. We follow-up those presentations with group tutorial sessions where your students can discuss their assignments, exchange ideas for writing the assignments, and obtain feedback on their drafts of the assignment.  

For online resources and to contact Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) visit: 
http://wac.ctl.ualberta.ca/ or call 780.492.2826

Request a consultation service by filling out CTL's Request for Consultation Service Form


Writing Workshop Series: Using Writing to Foster Critical Reflection in Community Service Learning (CSL) Courses

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), Community Service Learning (CSL), and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are pleased to announce a new workshop series for Faculty and instructors who are incorporating CSL into their classes.    

We ask that participants attend all four workshops, if possible.

Our first workshop will delve into the theory and practice of CSL, with a specific focus on issues instructors can face in integrating their students’ service experience and their course work, designing effective CSL assignments, and determining how to assess the different kinds of work CSL students generate. Previous CSL instructors and community partners will discuss some of the challenges and success they have faced in developing principles of analytic reflection, critical thinking, and community engagement within the CSL context.
January 21, 2014 | 11:00 - 12:30 pm | Telus Centre 217/219
Register for this session: http://utsregistration.ualberta.ca/CourseDescription.do?courseid=7121

The second workshop will offer participants the opportunity to discuss the different kinds of assignment genres available for CSL courses, with a focus on non-traditional versions. Drawing on research by John Bean and others, the presenters will expose participants to some of the theory and practice behind such assignments (highlighting those that most effectively draw out critical reflection and question-based modes of learning), and guide them in creating an assignment for their next CSL course.
January 28, 2014 | 11:00 - 12:30 pm | Telus Centre 233/235
Register for this session: http://utsregistration.ualberta.ca/CourseDescription.do?courseid=7123

The third workshop builds on the second, as we discuss ways to effectively assess the work of CSL students. We’ll address this both from the instructor’s perspective and from that of students. By the end of this workshop, attendees should have a grading rubric or marking guide for the assignment generated in Workshop 2.
February 18, 2014 | 11:00 - 12:30 pm | Telus Centre 217/219
Register for this session: http://utsregistration.ualberta.ca/CourseDescription.do?courseid=7125

During this roundtable workshop, Kim Peacock (CTL) will introduce us to some of the different online learning environments and web tools that can foster and facilitate critical reflection. Her presentation will introduce us to a range of possible technology tools and will be followed by a roundtable discussion of ways to integrate these supports into the classroom to foster out-of-class learning, peer engagement and critical reflection.
March 4, 2014 | 11:00 - 12:30 pm | Telus Centre 236/238
Register for this session: http://utsregistration.ualberta.ca/CourseDescription.do?courseid=7127


Writing Across the Curriculum Course-­Based Writing Tutorials For Your 2013/2014 Classes

Would your students benefit from a lecture and small group tutoring specifically designed around your writing assignment? If so, consider enrolling your class in Writing Across the Curriculum’s group writing tutorials program!The program is free: no charge to your department and no costs to your students.

What we provide: 
- A 30 – 50 minute introduction to your writing assignment during a class lecture.  
- 3 – 5 optional small group tutoring sessions, for up to 12 students per session.
- Our experience has been that between 20 – 25% of your students will attend the group tutorials.  

What we need from you:  
- Up to one hour of class time to review the assignment with your students, and teach them about successful writing strategies.  
- The course syllabus, description of assignment, and any ancillary material (marking rubric, scoring sheet, and the like).  

How to apply:  
You can now apply online at http://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/WAC/GroupTutor/GTRequest.aspx  

Evaluation of requests:  
We try to accommodate as many requests as we can; we anticipate being able to offer tutoring for up to 25 courses per term. We’ll evaluate requests based on how soon they are submitted, and our ability to schedule the tutoring sessions. You should hear back from us within a week; if not, please email us at wac.tutorials@gmail.com