Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

The Writing Across the Curriculum Program works with instructors to help their students think critically and write clearly.  

We work directly with instructors to help them create well-designed writing assignments and effective and efficient grading guides. In addition to one-on-one consultations with instructors, we also offer seminars and workshops for faculty on topics such as the following: Designing clear assignments; Evaluating written assignments; Commenting on student writing; Writing and critical thinking; Using informal writing assignments.

The WAC program also supports instructors in their classes by visiting classes to give presentations that help prepare your students to begin their writing assignment. We follow-up those presentations with group tutorial sessions where your students can discuss their assignments, exchange ideas for writing the assignments, and obtain feedback on their drafts of the assignment.

For online resources and to contact Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) visit: 
wac.ctl.ualberta.ca or call 780.492.2169


Course-Based Writing Tutorials For Your 2014-2015 Classes

Would your students benefit from a lecture and small group tutoring specifically designed around your writing assignment? If so, consider enrolling your class in Writing Across the Curriculum’s group writing tutorials program!The program is free: no charge to your department and no costs to your students.

The program is free: there is no charge to your department and no costs to your students.

What we provide: 
- A 30 – 50 minute introduction to your writing assignment during a class lecture.  
- 3 – 5 optional small group tutoring sessions, for up to 12 students per session.
- Access to an online writing website (Game of Writing) for students to write drafts, read and comment on other student’s drafts, and receive comments on their draft. 

Our experience has been that between 20-25% of your students will attend the group tutorials. 

What we need from you:  
- Up to one hour of class time to review the assignment with your students, and talk to them about effective, discipline-specific writing strategies.  
- The course syllabus, description of assignment, and any ancillary material (marking rubric, scoring sheet, and the like).  

How to apply:  
You can now apply online at http://wac.ctl.ualberta.ca/faculty/request-tutorials.aspx

Or email us at wac@ualberta.ca
In your email, identify 

  • the course name and number 
  • expected enrollment (approximate) 
  • due date for the writing assignment 
  • a description of the writing assignment 
  • course lecture times/days of the week

Evaluation of requests:  
We try to accommodate as many requests as we can; we anticipate being able to offer tutoring for up to 20 courses per term. We’ll evaluate requests based on how soon they are submitted, and our ability to schedule the tutoring sessions. You should hear back from us within a week; if not, please email us at wac@ualberta.ca.