Electronic Communication Across the Curriculum:
WAC and Writing Technologies
WAC Preconference Workshop at Conference on College Composition and Communication 2005
Donna Reiss | Clemson University | My CCCC2005 Presentations
Why WAC in a Wired World
- Active and interactive learning throughout and across the disciplines
- With information technology, students develop and share knowledge across campus, national, and international borders, not limited by time and place.
- Efficient use of communications technology can help faculty with their research, teaching, and service.
- Expanded WAC/CAC community
- Workshops with a technology emphasis can lure faculty new to WAC and foster partnerships with campus technology specialists and with librarians
- “Writing” in a wired world means words, pictures, sound, multiple modes, and multimedia as well as text.
- Distributed and distance learning
- WAC programs bring faculty together to develop and share strategies for communication-rich, community-building activities in distance and distributed learning.
- Professional community
- Most disciplinary professional organizations are developing position papers supporting use of technology in teaching and publication, placing traditional journals and other disciplinary resources online, and initiating refereed online journals.
- Many faculty are seeking ways to invigorate their teaching in the new century.
- Grant opportunities are sometimes available for teaching with technology within the disciplines, for cross-disciplinary collaborations, for globalization of instruction, and for literacy initiatives.
Digitizing WAC Activities
- Letter exchanges using email and discussion boards
- Expand the audience for readers and respondents
- Provide an archive of the exchange
- Writing to learn and communicate with information technology with
- Informal conversations about to explore complex topics
- Collaborative learning within classes and across disciplines, campuses, and countries
- Publication of completed papers and projects
- Extending communication options with Web projects, Weblogs, chat, and multimedia
- Examination of critical issues in teaching with technology: when, why, and how to write online
- Digital portfolios for assessment, performance, and reflection within classes, majors, departments, WAC programs, and institutions
- Responding to student papers with a word processor's commenting options
ECAC Activities and Resources
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developed and copyright ©2005 by D. Reiss;
modified and copyright ©16 March 2005 by D. Reiss