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June 2019

2019 WAC Summer Institute

June 23, 2019 - June 26, 2019
U Denver Boulder
The WAC Summer Institute, a three-day event, will be held for the first time from June 23 to June 26, 2019, at the University of Denver, for 30 participants. Purpose The Institute’s primary goal will be to assist new and prospective leaders of WAC/WID or similar initiatives in the US and internationally at planning and developing their programs. The Institute will also support experienced directors who face new challenges or wish to expand, update, or revitalize their programs. Theme The… Find out more »

October 2019

Moving WAC to the Web: Using GSOLE OLI to Create Resources for Online Writing Across Disciplines

October 15, 2019
gsole logo
This workshop explored how GSOLE’s “Online Literacy Instruction Principles and Tenets” can frame online literacy instruction across disciplinary contexts. By focusing especially on the first principle—accessibility—the webinar leaders engaged administrators and instructors in a process of linking principle to practice. More specifically, the webinar leaders described their own experiences with developing accessible online course materials, which involved using Blackboard Ally. Then, participants were invited to share their experiences and to collaboratively respond to a course design scenario. This webinar thus responded to a gap between national documents and local practice and focuses on how to develop local practices to support the first principle, accessibility. Find out more »

November 2019

Filling Your WAC Backpack: Starting Your WAC Program Prepared

November 15, 2019
elizabeth first year
This online workshop was designed for anyone who is starting, or thinking of starting, a WAC program at their institution. The panelists began with a discussion of the relationships and distinctions among WAC pedagogy, WAC initiatives, and WAC programs. They then provided brief overviews of the WAC programs they’ve led, after which they described the essential contents of a “WAC Backpack”: the characteristics and habits new WAC administrators need when initiating conversations about WAC and building sustainable programs. Throughout and at the end, the panelists responded to questions posed by participants about challenges of developing WAC programs in specific contexts. The video (see link below) includes the chat, in which participants crowdsourced responses to questions about favorite resources to share with disciplinary faculty, approaches to dealing with challenges, and the moments of joy that make WAC program leadership worthwhile. Find out more »

February 2020

Closing the Assessment Loop: WAC Assessment Options and Strategies

February 21, 2020
The Young Man Writing
This virtual workshop offers descriptions of several WAC assessment practices that have been used successfully by two well-established WAC programs to “close the loop” for writing assessment. The presenters will speak for 30 minutes and leave 30 minutes for discussions and questions. Over the course of the discussion, other assessment models will be identified and pros and cons of each introduced. Find out more »
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