Welcome to the WAC Digital Initiative – Writing Intensive Certification!

City Tech’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program encourages and supports faculty in their efforts to incorporate meaningful writing in their courses.

The Writing Intensive (WI) Courses offered at City Tech are courses in which writing plays an integral part in the course curriculum. Course content is conveyed through carefully designed assignments which also serve to promote critical thinking. According the Fall 2017 Academic College Catalog (pg. 36), the following requirements have been added for all degree programs: successful completion of two writing intensive courses for the associate degree and successful completion of four writing intensive courses for the baccalaureate degree. Please see WAC’s  recommendations on WI course requirements and elements of a WI syllabus.

Faculty participating in WAC’s online (or in person) certification process can expect to:

  • learn how to craft a WI syllabus,
  • design and assess effective writing assignments using WAC best practices,
  • coach students on how to avoid plagiarism,
  • be exposed to active learning pedagogies.

Throughout the certification process, a WAC fellow partner will provide information and support.  You will also be provided with a copy of “Engaging Ideas” by John Bean to use as a reference (thanks to the Faculty Commons).

Getting started:

Each month:

  • Watch the faculty workshop (see the schedule).
  • Post one comment on this OpenLab site responding to the discussion prompt.
  • Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ comments.
  • Work with your WAC fellow to complete the portfolio assignment.

In order to complete the certification process:

  • By the end of the academic year, compile a portfolio of your revised materials, drawing from the monthly portfolio assignments (one informal assignment, one formal assignment, and your WI syllabus).
  • Include a two page cover letter reflecting on the digital certification process (guidelines) or attend the year-end WAC colloquium to share your materials (details to come).
  • Teach your WI course using these revised materials, continuing to work with a writing fellow.

See the WI Digital Certification “course outline.”

Please visit WAC’s OpenLab website for more information on our program, resources, and blogs posts on WAC.


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