Through the Writing Across the Curriculum program we believe that writing functions not only as a means of communication, but also as a form of thinking, learning, and reflecting. As technology rapidly changes, our relationship to reading and writing, both as teachers and learners, is also rapidly changing and we are constantly adjusting the ways that we think and learn to meet the digital environments that we find ourselves in. While traditional forms of writing, in both high- and low-stakes modes, still remain valid, digital tools provide avenues for us to rethink how we use writing in the classroom and how writing can help us engage with larger audiences and real-world problems. Additionally, DigitalWAC can help us expand our notions of writing to include real-time annotations of a text or website, the use of images and videos as a form of writing, and collaborative writing in both formal and informal contexts. DigitalWAC allows us as educators to rethink what “writing” means and helps us introduce tools and digital literacy skills which will be vital to our students’ success once they graduate from City Tech.
What Does Digital Writing Look Like?
Digital writing can take on a number of forms depending on what you hope to accomplish with each assignment. It could be as simple as message board posts and comments through the Blackboard course site, or as complicated as course blogs or twitter assignments. What digital writing looks like is up to you and the value you hope your students take from this method of learning.
Engaging with Digital Writing:
In this section of our website, we have collected some resources to help you begin to incorporate digital writing into your courses.
- Benefits of Digital Writing in the Classroom
- Tips and Best Practices for Digital WAC
- Digital Tools for Writing
- Sample Digital Writing Assignments
- Citations and Digital Writing
- Additional Resources
(The digital world is vast and rapidly expanding. If you have additional thoughts, ideas, examples, etc. that you would like to contribute to this space, please share them with the WAC team.)