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.
  • Productivity
    • 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
  • Literacies
  • 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.
  • Variety
    • Many faculty are seeking ways to invigorate their teaching in the new century.
  • Money
    • 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