Welcome to the KUWC Faculty Blog

Welcome to the Kaplan University Writing Center Faculty blog.  The main purpose of this blog is to offer resources and support for faculty across Kaplan University in the areas of writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines.  Some peripheral goals of this blog are to offer commentary on writing technologies and professional development, such as book reviews and conference highlights relevant to writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines. 

While teaching writing fundamentals lies with composition instructors who are trained to teach writing, faculty in other disciplines must also be able to teach their students about writing within certain professions.  This blog is a place where we can all come together for discussion and support.

So what is the difference between writing across the curriculum, also called WAC (which I will use minimally on this site, only because the acronym is well…you know), and writing in the disciplines, also called WID (which, again, will be used minimally)?

Writing across the curriculum is the idea that writing should be practiced in more than just composition classes; it should be practiced in every class for the sake of helping students improve their overall writing skills.  As with any learned skill, the more you practice and receive constructive feedback, the better you will become at that particular skill. 

Writing in the disciplines is the idea that while every profession uses writing, each one has certain genres, forms, formats, language, approaches, audiences, etc. that are unique to that profession.  Students not only have to become good writers, they have to learn to write well within their particular career fields.  For instance, there is a big difference between the report writing for a psychologist and a police officer and an accountant.  Writing is not generic.  It is highly rhetorical and not just in language.  

This blog is maintained by Kaplan University Writing Center staff, but we also will solicit formal essays or articles from faculty across the university for the purpose of sharing experiences, resources, and ideas related to writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines.

We hope you will subscribe to this blog or bookmark this site and visit and comment often.

Sincerely,

Diane Martinez

 

20 Responses

  1. chrissine says:

    Thanks for the great introduction, Diane! I’m excited about this blog space and look forward to contributing, reading, and most of all benefiting from the insights and information we will share here. Congrats on the launch, and let the blogging begin!

  2. Melody Pickle says:

    I look forward to collaborating on this blog. Thanks for putting it together.

  3. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for posting this blog, Diane. I love it!!

  4. Joni says:

    I’m super excited about the blog!

  5. Tanya Peterson says:

    What a wonderful idea! Thank you for all of your support, KUWC team!

  6. Carolyn Dragseth says:

    This is an excellent idea! Thanks for the great intro and I look forward to hearing more.

  7. Robley Hood says:

    Congratulations on setting up this blog, Diane. I think it’s a terrific idea, and I look forward to contributing to and reading this virtual think-tank.

  8. Richard says:

    Great idea!

  9. Holli Vah Seliskar says:

    Another great idea from the KUWC! Best, HVS

  10. Sean Doyle says:

    Thanks for this initiative… it will be very informative I’m sure!

    Sean

  11. Ruth says:

    Diane,

    Thanks so much for setting up this blog. I think you’ve made some great points in your introduction. Our students will need to learn how to write for our classes and for whatever profession they specialize in.

    It’s nice to know that we have access to a support system at Kaplan. I look forward to being a part of the blog.

    Best,
    Ruth

  12. Ron Rufo says:

    I am looking forward to visiting this site. Great way to
    communicate with other instructors. Great idea!!!

  13. Mercedes says:

    Great idea! Good communication tool!

  14. Brenda L. McCaa-Buckley says:

    I can really appreciate this faculty blog. I believe it will serve to be very beneficial to all of us. I am looking forward to blogging. Thanks.

    Brenda

  15. Karen Anderson says:

    I’m already impressed at the quality of assistance you provide to our students through the Writing Center. How helpful it will be to have this blog as a way to dialogue about our concerns. Thank you.

  16. Patti Wachtendorf says:

    Great idea. I look forward to using it. Thanks for putting it together!

  17. Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo says:

    Yes, I will bookmark this site and return often.

  18. Millie Stoff says:

    This is wonderful, Diane. It is a great way to share information and build community. Thank you!

  19. Jennie Gibson says:

    Fabulous! I love the idea of a place where we can learn more about each other, our teaching experiences, our ideas and suggestions, and a variety of other things that will help us to be better instructors (and more well rounded people in general – love the book review idea!)

  20. Charlotte Barrett says:

    I love this idea!

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