For several years, QCC faculty have been incorporating AAC&U high impact practices in their courses. Currently, the high impact practices supported at QCC include: academic service learning, collaborative assignments and projects (CAP), common intellectual experiences, diversity/global learning, learning communities, undergraduate research, and writing-intensive courses. Students Working in Interdisciplinary Groups (SWIG) courses incorporate collaborative assignments and projects.
AAC&U Collaborative Assignments and Projects (CAP): “Collaborative learning combines two key goals: learning to work and solve problems in the company of others, and sharpening one’s own understanding by listening seriously to the insights of others, especially those with different backgrounds and life experiences. Approaches range from study groups within a course, to team-based assignments and writing, to cooperative projects and research.” (From https://www.aacu.org/leap/hip.cfm)
SWIG: Students Working in Interdisciplinary Groups (originally known as Student Wiki Interdisciplinary Group) promotes integrative, collaborative learning across participating classes. Students from courses in different disciplines use technology (usually a wiki) to collaborate and exchange ideas asynchronously, while learning to recognize and apply different disciplinary lenses in their thinking. SWIG assignments move the classes from a teacher-centered to a student-centered space where peers are the audience for learning and dialogue.

Learning Outcomes: Students in SWIG courses will be able to:

  • Use available technologies to collaborate asynchronously to complete tasks.
  • Apply key words and concepts of course discipline while acknowledging the perspective of the collaborating course discipline.
  • Produce meaningful visual and/or textual commentary about other students’ work and feedback in a timely manner.
  • Articulate how they contribute to and learn from the interdisciplinary collaboration.


If you are interested in joining SWIG, learning more about our projects and assignments, or participating in our FIG (Faculty Inquiry Group) please contact Kathleen Wentrack, Art & Design, at kwentrack@qcc.cuny.edu.

Technology Assistant for SWIG: Aradhna Persaud (apersaud@qcc.cuny.edu)


At its inception, the SWIG Project partnered English and Basic Educational Skills courses with an additional content course (currently in the following disciplines: Art & Design, Business, Education, Massage Therapy, Nursing, Social Sciences and Speech/Theatre). While partnerships may now involve two or three courses, the goals remain the same. SWIG projects create a shared student-centered space through technology (originally Epsilen’s Academic web platform, now Blackboard or other technologies) which allows students to electronically archive and share their written, visual, aural compositions and research in a multi-media format with others. This cornerstone/virtual learning community experience assists students in meeting general educational objectives such as developing effective reading, writing, and speaking skills, as well as honing critical thinking while they are making connections across disciplines as well as in a social/academic network. The sense of belonging to the academic community is enhanced through the meaning-making process.

Archive of Past Activities and Materials

The material below is an archive of SWIG activities that occurred when faculty were participating in the grant-funded project MAeP (Moving Ahead with ePortfolio).

FA12-SWIG Survey#1 Link to Survey

FA12-SWIG Survey#2 Link to Survey

FA12-SWIG Survey#3 Link to Survey

C2L Student Survey Link to C2L Survey

C2L Faculty Survey Link to Survey


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Multiple Position Report

Groups for SWIG
PowerPoint for SWIG
Camtasia for SWIG (I)
Camtasia for SWIG (II)
Epsilen Q & A

Copyright Practices and ePortfolio in Epsilen

Sample Syllabi and Rubrics

Darcy Syllabi and Rubrics
Rubric Task #1
Darcy Syllabus Fall 2011

Value Project Rubric on Integrative Education
Value Project Rubric on Integrative Education

Visual Rubric
Rubric for Project with Surveys
Rubric for Integration


Beth's Peer Review Journals and Survey of Field
Beth's Peer Review Journals and Survey of Field


Dewey: Experience and Education
Experience and Education



June 2010 - January 2011
Amy Traver Discusses Her Wiki Project

AAEEBL Conference PP July 20, 2010


Survey Monkey #1
Survey Monkey #2
Survey Monkey #3
Survey #1 Q4 Crosstabbed with GPA
Survey #1 Q9 Crosstabbed with GPA

Reflective Narractive: Summative Assessment
AACU Presentation
Our Findings (Merged Epsilen Presentation)

External Links

Defining ePortfolio and Colleges Developing Programs

Microsoft Digital Stroytelling
Microsoft Digital Storytelling

Helen Barrett