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Dean, Christopher W. – Across the Disciplines, 2009
"Developing and Assessing an Online Research Writing Course" discusses how the Writing Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) created a hybrid, online research writing course, Writing 50, and assessed that course. The assessment, which is at the center of this piece, was dovetailed with assessment literature in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Research Skills
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Volz, Tracy; Saterbak, Ann – Across the Disciplines, 2009
In engineering fields, students are expected to construct technical arguments that demonstrate a discipline's expected use of logic, evidence, and conventions. Many undergraduate bioengineering students struggle to enact the appropriate argument structures when they produce technical posters. To address this problem we implemented Calibrated Peer…
Descriptors: Engineering, Undergraduate Students, Persuasive Discourse, Logical Thinking
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Arzt, Judy; Barnett, Kristine E.; Scoppetta, Jessyka – Across the Disciplines, 2009
This article emphasizes the need for writing centers to give continued attention to online tutoring to achieve writing across curriculum (WAC) goals. The article offers a literature review covering the history and state of online tutoring and its relation to the WAC movement and writing fellows programs. We at Saint Joseph College have found that…
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Tutoring, Web Based Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Mullin, Joan; Schorn, Susan; Turner, Tim; Hertz, Rachel; Davidson, Derek; Baca, Amanda – Across the Disciplines, 2008
Classroom-based writing mentors facilitate learning and knowledge transfer for both students and instructors in their classes. They accomplish this by doing "with" rather than by only teaching "to", making the means of learning more visible and, therefore, the writing goals more accessible; this provides a powerful means of…
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Instruction, Mentors, Peer Teaching
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Kiefer, Kate; Leff, Aaron – Across the Disciplines, 2008
Giving students direct experience with the writing contexts and demands they will soon face as professionals focuses their attention on learning as much as possible from a required writing course. Our approach has concentrated on developing an experiential (client-based) curriculum to provide students the benefits of writing for real audiences as…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Instruction, Academic Discourse
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Brammer, Charlotte; Amare, Nicole; Campbell, Kim Sydow – Across the Disciplines, 2008
To help writing faculty learn the language of discourse communities across campus, we conducted faculty interviews as a first attempt to describe knowledge about disciplinary cultures, specifically with regard to writing. Based on the data received from the interviews about disciplinary definitions and characteristics of good writing and how…
Descriptors: Interviews, Culture Conflict, Intellectual Disciplines, Stereotypes
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Zawacki, Terry Myers – Across the Disciplines, 2008
To be effective sites for enacting WAC change, writing fellows programs, like WAC itself, must be attuned to institutional realities, adapting goals and practices accordingly. To illustrate what being "attuned" has meant to the program she directs, the author describes five writing fellow placements, each motivated by the sometimes…
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Fellowships, Writing Instruction, Change Agents
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Gladstein, Jill – Across the Disciplines, 2008
With more frequency, writing associates (WA) are being placed into courses where the goals for writing include learning to write for a particular discipline. As WAC directors we negotiate the different expectations from professors and students that exist within this context. This article introduces a two-year case study of an introductory biology…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Writing Across the Curriculum, Ethnography
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Severino, Carol; Trachsel, Mary – Across the Disciplines, 2008
How much do specialized academic discourse communities matter to undergraduate writers? To what degree should theories of specialized discourses influence the design of undergraduate Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) programs? At the University of Iowa, where an undergraduate Writing Fellows program engages peer tutors in writing-intensive…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Communities of Practice, Undergraduate Students, Fellowships
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McLeod, Susan H. – Across the Disciplines, 2008
In this Plenary Address given at the 9th IWAC Conference in 2008, Susan McLeod (who started her first WAC program in 1982) speculates about the future of the WAC movement. She focuses on four issues: The changing nature of communication and the cultural lag in assignment design, the question of who is in charge of the program, the ascendancy of…
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Conferences (Gatherings), Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
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O'Neill, Peter – Across the Disciplines, 2008
This article examines the potential role of peer tutors and writing fellows in higher education in the United Kingdom. It argues that scepticism surrounding the use of peer tutors in writing is unfounded. In fact, the disciplinary nature of UK Higher Education suggests that undergraduate peer tutors and writing fellows may have an important role…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Peer Teaching, Writing Across the Curriculum, Intellectual Disciplines
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Cairns, Rhoda; Anderson, Paul V. – Across the Disciplines, 2008
Writing fellow or writing associate (WA) programs trace their heritage to a single point of origin: the model developed at Brown University in the early 1980s by Tori Haring-Smith (Soven, 1993, 2001). Since then, the Brown model has spread to hundreds of schools. WA programs are so adaptable because they consist of many discrete elements, each of…
Descriptors: Models, Program Development, Task Analysis, Performance Factors
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Schuldberg, Jean; Cavanaugh, Lorie; Aguilar, Gabriel; Cammack, Jessica; Diaz, Timmie; Flournoy, Noble, Jr.; Taylor, Kimberly; Olson, Sarah Nicole; Sampson, Christine – Across the Disciplines, 2007
A qualitative study of a pilot writing course for baccalaureate social work (BSW) students evaluated the process and development of students' academic and professional writing. The course provided students the opportunity to build writing skills, develop a professional paper, and present at a national social work conference. Students and…
Descriptors: Social Work, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Qualitative Research
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Gunn, Amanda M. – Across the Disciplines, 2007
Communication Across the Curriculum (CAC) programs are growing in number and in degrees of influence across the country. An exploration of the CAC national discussion indicates that the discourse shaping campus programs and faculty/course development practices is one of basic communication skills focused on outcome. The problem with reducing…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Interpersonal Relationship, Communication Strategies, Writing Across the Curriculum
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Horning, Alice S. – Across the Disciplines, 2007
Hand-in-hand with the current renewed emphasis on student success and a resurgence of Writing Across the Curriculum, instructors in all disciplines need to refocus on Reading Across the Curriculum to address students' needs, to achieve instructional goals, and to prepare citizens for full participation in our democracy. It seems clear that a…
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Reading Skills
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