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In this way, writing is not added to content, but the content is entered and secured through writing. In other words, both teaching and learning are directed toward specific projects carefully created and monitored by the instructor so that students, by doing these projects, acquire the skills and knowledge of the content of the course as set forth in the course objectives. The success of a Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program, therefore, depends far more on the instructor's professional commitment to a style of teaching which has active learning as its goal than it does on adherence to any particular formula. Whether carried out through groups of students or by individuals, learning in these courses is active because students must create something of their own to learn.
Writing-Across-the-Curriculum classes make students aware that writing is a necessary and frequently used skill no matter what their occupation will be, and they prepare students for writing in their careers and in their personal and community lives. Students in a well coordinated and well monitored Writing Across the Curriculum program will develop these abilities:
WAC for Faculty
One of the lasting effects of a Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program for the faculty of an institution is the creation of community. This teaching community is made up of individuals who have diverse pedagogical styles and strategies but who share the common goal of improving classroom learning. Teaching in such a program cannot be carried on in isolation but requires group discussion and sharing of techniques, common reexamination of learning methodologies, and working in teaching partnerships. This program provides a forum, very much needed at Marshall University, where teachers regularly can discuss pedagogy and, as almost always happens, make their way across disciplinary boundaries to discover common questions, problems, and solutions. Through the workings of community, Writing Across the Curriculum develops in individual faculty members an introspective and self-aware way of thinking about their teaching which they automatically translate into effective classroom practices.
No single program can further the university's mission to the public more than Writing Across the Curriculum. Through it students become educated readers and writers who do not work in mental isolation but who actively look for connections among all of their life's pursuits and the world around them. The words of a single Marshall graduate demonstrate definitively the benefits of the Marshall University Writing Across the Curriculum to the university's public and to the workplace:
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