The on campus WAC Seminar offers faculty a community of colleagues who come together
twice a week to share ideas about course materials. The medium, a workshop (not a
meeting or lecture), is a large part of the message. Central to the pedagogy will
be a task-based syllabus, personal reflection on process, and active listening. Ours
is a model of knowledge construction that puts language at the center of learning.
Of course this is what we advocate as an approach in a writing intensive section,
Each certification candidate will be assigned a Writing Fellow partner who will serve
as coach and interlocutor. Fellows will attend some on-campus sessions to get to know
you and help in the development of your thinking about course revision. In the Spring,
your Fellow will attend class, help your students with their writing assignments,
and consult with you on the course.
On Campus Workshop Policies
Attendance: Do not sign up unless you are sure you can attend all the sessions. Note: The Mon/Thur
schedule is not compatible with every Winter teaching assignment. Make sure it will
work for you.
Participation: There will be homework for each session (at least 2 hours for each workshop). Active
participation, using the homework, will be key to the success of the group's learning
process and so you need to have the time to complete it each week. For the same reason,
you need to be able to arrive on time and stay until the end of each session. Tardiness
or an early departure is disruptive to our common work and is very much discouraged.
Completing Seminar Assignments: Each session involves thinking about one aspect of your course and often involves
revision of actual course documents. Option A candidates do their reflective writing
and posting of draft documents on a specially designed course construction blog (like
the ones used by Option B candidates) using Wordpress. This way, the Coordinators, Writing Fellows, and other
faculty can become part of the conversation.
Provisional Course Portfolios: Successful completion of the seminar involves completing all the work assigned and
submitting a provisional course portfolio by the mid February deadline. The online
submission address is: KCCWAC@kbcc.cuny.edu.
Do note that this submission address is in no sense an active email address for any
of the WAC Team members. Although you will probably receive feedback on your portfolio
from this address, if you want to respond or reach WAC Coordinators, use their campus
email addresses. KCCWAC@kbcc.cuny.edu is just a dropbox for certification course portfolios.