AWAC offers virtual workshops on WAC pedagogy and on WAC program development and leadership. These workshops are archived and are accessible to AWAC members below. AWAC members will need to be logged in to access the links to the workshops.
WAC Pedagogy Series
Moving WAC to the Web: Using GSOLE’s OLI Principles to Creating Accessible Resources for Online Writing Across the Disciplines
This virtual workshop was offered on October 15, 2019, by the AWAC Mentoring Committee in collaboration with the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE) and was led by AWAC Mentoring Committee members Amy Cicchino (Auburn University) and Lindsay Clark (Sam Houston State University) and by Traci Austin (Sam Houston State University).
This workshop webinar explores 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 responds to a gap between national documents and local practice and focuses on how to develop local practices to support the first principle, accessibility.
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WAC Program Development and Leadership Series
Virtual Workshop, “Filling Your WAC Backpack: Starting Your WAC Program Prepared”
This online workshop was offered on November 15, 2019, by the AWAC Mentoring Committee and was led by AWAC Members Chris Basgier (Auburn University), Michelle Cox (Cornell University), and Joan Mullin (University of North Carolina Charlotte).
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.
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