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Writing in the Disciplines Professional Development Course (HE) is a Course

Writing in the Disciplines Professional Development Course (HE)



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Course Date:





2-3 hrs/week



Course Type:



Certificate (free)


This self-paced course can be taken at any time and is intended for instructional faculty from any discipline seeking to improve the use of writing assignments to foster learning. Through a series of modules and assessments, participants will (a) learn to define and differentiate between Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), Writing to Learn (WTL), and Writing in the Disciplines (WID); (b) identify key genres in their discipline; (c) identify key elements of these genres; (d) develop methods for teaching how to read and write these genres; (e) learn to incorporate WAC best practices, such as scaffolding, informal writing, peer review, reflection, and revision; (f) and improve grading with tips.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Distinguish between Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing to Learn, and Writing in the Disciplines.
  • Identify key genres in their own discipline/field.
  • Explain the important elements that make up a genre.
  • Develop methods/techniques for teaching how to read and write in a genre.
  • Develop strategies for effective feedback on student writing.
  • Incorporate WAC course design best practices, such as scaffolding, informal writing, peer review, reflection, and revision, to develop effective writing skills.

Target Audience: Higher Ed Faculty.

Course is offered by Excelsior College.

Course Instructors

Benjamin Pearson

Benjamin Pearson

Faculty Program Director for Writing, Excelsior College

Benjamin Pearson holds an MA and PhD in Modern European History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Online Writing Instruction from the University of Arkansas - Little Rock. Read More.

As someone who came to writing instruction by way of history, he is especially interested in writing across the curriculum--how to teach writing in meaningful and effective ways in all subject areas. He lives in the Albany, NY area with his wife and two daughters.

Anna Zendell

Anna Zendell

Senior Faculty Program Director, Excelsior College School of Graduate Studies

Anna Zendell, PhD, MSW, is a Senior Faculty Program Director in the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. She oversees the MS in Health Sciences and MS in Health Care Administration degree programs and teaches regularly in both undergraduate and graduate studies. Read More.

She has been involved in the college's Writing Across the Curriculum committee since its inception in 2013 and currently serves as co-chair. Her areas of interest in higher education involve integrating disciplinary writing across courses and degree programs and promoting inclusive community in the online classroom through various interactive activities, particularly team case study analyses and highly engaging discussions. Prior to joining Excelsior College, Anna worked for the University at Albany – State University of New York on federal and state funded community health interventions around rural health, walkable communities, healthy aging, nursing home quality of care, and immunization promotion. Her social work career has involved work with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, older adults, and family caregivers.


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