Community of Practice

The WAC+ community of practice (WAC+ CoP) ran from November 2015 – November 2016. It brought together educators with a shared interest in improving how written, oral, multimedia and other non-traditional forms of communication are taught, assessed and used in the sciences. WAC+ CoP members engaged in informal professional development activities with colleagues from across the disciplines. The WAC+ CoP focused on encouraging discussion, brainstorming and collaborative problem-solving and on facilitating sharing of resources and best practices among educators teaching science-specific communication or using communication assignments as a learning tool in the sciences.

The WAC+ CoP was replaced in May 2017 by the interactive Best Practices in Teaching Science Communication Symposium.

Monthly Lunch and Learn

The WAC+ CoP Lunch and Learn met monthly to discuss topics related to communication in the sciences.


  • Resources for Student Success with Writing (September 2016) with Meghan Aubé, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication.
  • Writing Assignment Check-in (August 2016) with Janey Lew, Aboriginal Initiatives Unit, CTLT, and the WAC+ Team. An opportunity to bring your writing assignment and your questions.
  •  Guided Peer Review of Your Writing Assignment (July 2016). An opportunity to bring your writing assignments and to conduct a guided peer review of the assignments.
  • Writing Assignment Design: Start to Finish (June 2016) with Dr. Gillian Gerhard, Science Centre for Teaching and Learning (Skylight) and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and Janey Lew, Aboriginal Initiatives Unit, CTLT
  • Encouraging Students to Proofread Their Writing (May 2016) with Dr. Carellin Brooks, Arts Studies in Research and Writing and  Dr. Gisele Baxter, Department of English.
  • Reducing Jargon in Science Writing (February 2016) with Chris Balma, Director of Communications, Faculty of Science; Jenna Zukswert, Department of Forestry and Research Assistant on CWSEI project on the impact of jargon on student learning.