Communication Across the Curriculum - CXC -

 

 

 

What is CXC? (cxc derives from WAC)


 

CXC @ UVU


CXC Workshops

CXC practices


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The Communication Across the Curriculum (CXC) Program at UVU aims to help teachers incorporate more and better student writing and communication skills into their courses without increasing (perhaps decreasing) their course preparation and/or grading time. CXC wants to help students become better writers and communicators (thus, better thinkers, professionals, and citizens); we want to help students learn to draw from a variety of situationally appropriate rhetorical strategies, both generally and within specific disciplinary contexts. With this preparation, students are better equipped to perform well in the classroom and beyond. 

CXC at UVU hopes to emerge as a powerful force for sustaining a campus culture of learning. As we grow, we plan to provide information about the various forms CXC work is taking on our campus. We will update this website frequently with new CXC ideas, activities, and links to CXC sites around the country.

The CXC Committee is comprised of teacher/scholars from across the disciplines represented at UVU. We are committed to serving the goals of the CXC Program and look forward to working with individual faculty members, faculty groups, and students in a variety of forums (consultations, workshops, presentations, and more).

 

CXC promotes the use of Writing and Communicating to Learn (WTCL). The work is about shifting notions of writing away from simple transcribing activity to writing as thinking and learning. As well, communication (verbal, gestural, multimodal, etc.) is used for far more than sharing a particular claim or argument; instead, communication is used dialogically, as a way of inviting oneself and others to struggle together with complicated ideas.

The WTCL concept encourages writing and communication skills as normalized practices in any college classroom. Many of these skills need not be graded (the real surprise, for many teachers) but integrated into coursework through considerations such as "participation" or a points system (effectively rendering good practice as sort of ordinary). In short, we encourage WCTL as a routine aspect of an active, student-centered classroom.

Our most recent (fall 2006) workshops iinclude Using the Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Improve Student Writing in your Course, and Creating Effective Assignments and/through Multimodality. We explore both theoretical dispositions and pedagogical approaches.

Please feel free to contact bonnie lenore kyburz, CXC Director, at 863.8997 or kyburzbo@uvu.edu.

* note: CXC emerges from a synthesis of the work of WAC (writing across the curriculum) and CXC (communication across the curriculum). Thus, some links will be to WAC sites and others to CXC, CAC. While they may register via their acronyms quite differently, most of the sites linked here gesture toward similar projects.