First-Year Writing Program Initiatives

First-Year Writing Program Faculty Development and Research Initiatives (Selected)


Digital Portfolio Creation and Assessment
Sixteen instructors teaching twenty-five sections of English 110, the FIQWS Writing Section, or English 210 asked their students to create a digital portfolio. We collected 199 portfolios from a pool of 494 students; we assessed 176 portfolios.
Project Result: Digital portfolios will be assigned in all composition sections in Fall 2016.
Digital Portfolio Project Final Report 

Blended Learning Pilot
Four instructors were provided with training, stipends and laptops to create hybrid (a combination of in-class and online instruction).
Project Result: Approximately 10% of all composition sections will be in the blended format during an expanded pilot period of two years (2016-2018). Training will be provided by CUNY’s School for Professional Studies.
Report on the Blended Learning Initiative

Big Data Revision Project 
Twenty-nine instructors teaching forty sections of English composition were awarded stipends to collect approximately 5,000 first- and second-drafts of essays written by first-year students (classified as other than human subjects research by IRB).
Project Result:  Presentation of  corpus linguistics analysis at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (2016); interdisciplinary collaboration with Computer Science; access to the Silicon Mechanics computer clusters at CCNY’s Center for Discovery and Innovation; institutional collaboration with the University of South Carolina and Wake Forest University. Future publications.

2015-2016 (workshops will take place in the 2016-2017 academic year)

Based in the results of the the Council of Writing Program Administrators’ external review of our writing program and on our 2014-2015 workshop plan, the following faculty development workshops are planned for the upcoming academic year.

Course Learning Outcomes Faculty Development Initiative
Senior part-time instructors will meet with full-time faculty over the year to develop course learning outcomes for 110, FIQWS, and 210.

Linguistic Diversity Initiative 
A comprehensive study of language and literacy practices in composition
and the development of instructional materials.

Ongoing Faculty Development on Various Topics
Support for up to eight hours of faculty development for up to fifty instructors of English 110, FIQWS Composition, and English 210,

Portfolio Assessment 
Fifteen portfolio raters for two days.

Summer Orientation for new faculty 
Fifteen instructors for two days.