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Writing Across the Curriculum. Pilot Project – DABCC Susan Wood. What is the question?. Is every teacher a writing teacher?. What is the problem?. The transfer of writing and thinking skills learned in composition and rhetoric courses at DABCC to other courses offered at DABCC.

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writing across the curriculum

Writing Across the Curriculum

Pilot Project – DABCC

Susan Wood

what is the question
What is the question?
  • Is every teacher a writing teacher?
what is the problem
What is the problem?
  • The transfer of writing and thinking skills learned in composition and rhetoric courses at DABCC to other courses offered at DABCC
what is a possible solution
What is a possible solution?
  • Assess the problem
    • Put together a team of DABCC faculty across disciplines to look at student data and student writing
  • Learn about Writing-Across-the-Curriculum theories and principles
  • Develop a plan to address identified problems/issues
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DABCC’s Pilot Project

NMHEAA Summer Retreat

  • At least one faculty from each division at DABCC attended a three day retreat in Ruidoso this past summer to learn about assessment and create a plan for an assessment project
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DABCC’s Pilot Project
  • In our plan we:
    • Developed a mission statement
    • Clearly defined our goals and expected outcomes
    • Proposed a preliminary writing assessment tool
    • Generated a detailed timeline for accomplishing project
    • Asked for volunteer participants representing each division at DABCC
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Pilot Project Plan
  • Pilot Project group: representatives from all divisions (full and part-time faculty)
  • Timeline: 7 working meetings between September and May
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Pilot Project Plan
  • Mission Statement:
    • To implement a Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program at DABCC that helps students meet the Communication and Literacy instructional objective
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Pilot Project Plan
  • Goals:
    • Assess the writing needs of DABCC students
    • Create tools for instructors and students that will standardize student-writing across the campus
    • Provide Writing-Across-the-Curriculum professional development to full and part-time faculty participating in project
    • Offer a support structure to faculty participating in project
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Pilot Project Plan
  • Outcomes
    • A tool to help teachers design writing assignments
    • A revised rubric to evaluate student-writing campus-wide
    • A recommendation report based on assessment data
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Preliminary tool
  • DABCC Pilot Project Writing Standards
  • WAC Pilot Project Trait Analysis Sheet
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Pilot Project Plan
  • Next steps
    • Conduct benchmarking
    • Provide professional development
    • Create and conduct surveys
    • Redesign assessment tool for students
    • Create “writing assignment creation” tool for instructors
    • Create, administer and assess writing assignments using tools
    • Assess pilot project and write recommendation report
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Preliminary Data
  • ENGL 111 students
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Preliminary Data
  • DABCC Associate Degree Graduates
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Preliminary Data
  • ENGL 111 students
  • What do you think?
  • What are your suggestions?