Welcome to Digital WPA—a place with numerous and varied resources (e.g. assignment sheets, handbooks for students and faculty, syllabi, lesson plans) from six institutions with First-Year Writing programs that require students to complete digital projects and that received the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence (WPCE) between 2004 to 2018. (An overview of the institutions can be found in the table below.)

Aligned with Ecologies of Writing Programs: Program Profiles in Context and Writing Program Architecture, we were interested in doing research on writing programs and offering an overview of diverse model programs. As WPA-types ourselves, we’ve spent hours searching across and through multiple websites, trying to find syllabi, training materials, any trace of the repurposable! Thus, the goal of this teaching resource is to provide modest program profiles and brief conclusions, but even more so, to ensure that resources—actual pedagogical and professional development materials—live in an open access space online. If you’re a reader who finds themself/ves often flipping to the appendices of books and journal articles on writing programs and curricula, DigitalWPA.com was created with you in mind! 

To learn more about the research that generated this pedagogical tool, please see our About Page, which includes information about the project’s origins and development, the researchers, related publications and presentations, and contributors. 

To learn more about each of the institutions, please see our Exhibits. Exhibits for the six institutions featured include: 

  1. Program Profile: an overview with the institution’s demographic characteristics and information about the participants in our project 
  2. Curriculum: a description of the program’s positioning and required course(s), and a deep-dive into the required digital assignment(s), including any teaching materials
  3. Program Training & Development: insight into unique approaches to techno-pedagogy professional development facilitated by the program, including any professional development and administrative materials
  4. Experiential Learning: a collection of techno-ecological maps made by our participants

The Resource Repository includes five collections, allowing you to directly access (1) teaching materials, (2) professional development materials, (3) administrative materials, (4) techno-ecological maps, and (5) research materials. Collections 1-4 include materials we gathered from site visits, while Collection 5, the research materials, are what we created for our research project. Alternatively, visitors can use the Resource Repository to search all materials on this site by tag, title, creator, or date added.

If you are interested in viewing other repositories of pedagogical materials, you might visit the Corpus & Repository of Writing (CROW), the Gayle Morris Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative's Syllabus Repository, the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP) or the Assignments across Disciplines Collection.

Snapshot: Comparison of Participating Writing Programs by Institution Type and Digital Writing Program at Time of Study 


Undergrad. Enrollment

Carnegie Classification

CCCC Writing Program of Excellence Award Year


Primary Contact

Digital Writing 

Marquette University


Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity


Jenn Fishman

Digital poster and remix of white paper assignment in second course in a 2-course sequence

The Ohio State University

45, 946

Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity

Winter 2005

Edgar Singleton

Research symposium Adobe Spark presentation that moves through multiple images and includes an audio element; evolved from a remix project and the commonplace project, which was an op-ed type of project

Purdue University


Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity


Bradley Dilger

Remediation project in only required composition course in FYC; students have the option to take a humanities Cornerstone course in place of FYC that does not include a digital project

Salt Lake Community College

60,000 across 10 campuses*

Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional


Jennifer Courtney & Stephen Ruffus 

General Education e-portfolios for all students in both required writing courses; 1 assignment in the first course of 2-course sequence requires students to create a “civically-engaged text,” which is explicitly discussed as a digital project; 3 assignments in the second course of 2-course sequence explicitly encourage students to create digital projects

University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity


Joan Mullin

Digital portfolio for all students in 1 required course with an online lab; digital media can also be used to fulfill requirements of inquiry assignment, but assignment is not required to be digital

University of Texas at  El Paso


Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity


Judith Fourzan

E-portfolio/blog and infographic or PSA in first course in 2-course sequence; extended e-portfolio or advocacy website and mini-documentary or open education resource in second course