For students operating in an online environment, making support services available in the same fashion is vital to their ongoing success. Even for students attending classes face-to-face, allowing the option for online support makes sense as students are researching and writing online.
At IWCA 2018, there were ten OWC-themed presentations. The major topic areas included online tutoring pedagogy, making OWCs safer spaces (e.g., identity building and inclusion, equity and access, tutor embodiment), and online feedback strategies (e.g., scaffolding written comments and dialogue bots).
This article examines the disparity between the recent increase in online postsecondary education course offerings and the failure of institutions to provide an equitable increase in online writing tutoring and support for online learners.
Are you one of the many students who lives kinda far (or really, really far) from campus? Are you a primary caretaker? Do you work full-time? Go to school part-time? Perhaps you have a physical disability that makes coming to campus–or talking and reading with a Writing Center tutor–really tough, even impossible.
This study investigates connections between asynchronous online feedback from writing center (WC) tutors and revision by non-native speakers (NNS). The chapter specifically examines work by students who speak English as a foreign language (EFL) at an American university in Greece.
This case study examines the differences in comments offered by asynchronous online writing center consultants to L1 and L2 speakers and examines the potential disconnects in consultant perceptions of their practice. The researchers collected and coded sample papers and interviewed participants to contextualize data from the quantitative portion of the study.
In recent years, scholars within the writing center community have urged for improved research practices within the field. Lore and experience have long been the field’s guiding influence.
This chapter explores the web presence needed for instructors, students, administrators, and staff as hybrid courses are implemented at the institutional level and discusses the physical presence (office(s) and staff) needed to effectively provide and sustain online support for hybrid education.
From 2012 to 2015, the online grammar program Grammarly® was claimed to complement writing center services by 1. increasing student access to writing support; and 2. addressing sentence-level issues, such as grammar. To test if Grammarly® could close these two gaps in writing center services, this article revisits the results of a Spring 2014 study that compared Grammarly®’s comment cards to the written feedback of 10 asynchronous online consultants.
Much of the scholarship on writing centers narrates the stories of writers and their texts as told by tutors, administrators, and researchers. In an effort to bring writers’ voices to the forefront, this empirical study examines the types of questions and concerns writers have about their writing as submitted through the Purdue Writing Lab’s OWL Mail, an online, asynchronous question-and-answer email platform.