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Online Writing Center support for faculty

In Fall 2020, our goal is for Writing Center consultants and Writing Program faculty to provide rich and effective online writing support to faculty, students, and staff.

To submit a request for support, click on the "Workshops & Writing Support for Classes" button on the the right. Options include:

  • Individual faculty consultations about teaching writing (designing and conducting peer reviews, scaffolding assignments, responding to student writing) or identifying resources to support you and your students.
  • Pre-recorded or live Zoom visits that includes an introduction to our offerings, a tour of our online resources, and information about how to make and prepare for appointments.
  • Pre-recorded or live interactive online workshops focused on a particular writing assignment, situation, process, or concept, developed in conversation with Writing Program faculty. 

For most of these options, we need at least two weeks advance notice, but get in touch any time, and we'll do our best to support you and your students. 

REQUIRING CONSULTATIONS 

We hope that faculty will encourage their students to visit the Writing Center on their own. If you intend to require your students to make appointments, please let us know. We cannot promise we will have the capacity to support a large number of required visits in a short span of time. 

Please write to Dr. Juli Parrish, Writing Center Director, or Prof. Megan Kelly, Writing Center Assistant Director, to discuss options. 

INCENTIVIZING CONSULTATIONS WITH EXTRA CREDIT

If you would like to offer extra credit to students for visiting the Writing Center, we suggest that you frame it as extra credit for working on their writing with a consultant, rather than as an opportunity to get feedback or guarantee quality. Writing Center consultations are aimed at promoting learning and helping writers to do the work of developing their writing skills and processes.

What consultations can and can't do

Writers who visit us online will participate in an interactive, collaborative discussion about their papers with peer consultants, who will help to set goals, generate strategies, and identify resources; ask questions about assignment prompts and previous feedback; and help students to learn new skills and concepts.

Our consultations do not involve reviewing papers in advance or guaranteeing correctness. Consultants cannot proofread or edit for students, mark up papers, or check citations.

Consultants can talk about and help students to do all of these things, but please note that the Writing Center is a learning site, and individual students retain agency and responsibility for their learning and writing choices. 

Additional Resources 

SYLLABUS STATEMENTS FOR WINTER 2021

In Winter 2021, the Writing Center is offering all our resources online. We invite students to go to du.mywconline.com to seek support for their writing in any of the following ways:

  • Make appointments for individual or group 45-minute online consultations;
  • Form a group of at least 4 students and request a 30-minute webinar on a writing genre, process, or strategy; and
  • Request help in identifying resources for a specific writing assignment, genre, process, or strategy.

Writing Center consultations are interactive and collaborative: a writing consultation can help with clarifying goals for a specific writing project, brainstorming ideas, outlining and organizing a paper, integrating sources, reviewing arguments, developing editing and proofreading skills, and more. Consultants ask questions, offer perspective, identify relevant resources, and help writers to develop effective strategies and habits in light of their writing goals and needs.

Our ePortfolio has a general overview for students and instructions for making appointments and preparing for consultations; we encourage you to link to these in your course management site.

 

VIDEO CLASS VISITS / INTRODUCTIONS TO THE WRITING CENTER

We can provide a pre-recorded video introduction to the Writing Center for you to add to your Canvas or other course management site. Video introductions include:

  • Consultants describing how the Writing Center works, what consultants do, and how students can prepare to have a productive experience
  • How-to for students to make appointments and access our online resources
  • FAQ with answers to the questions most frequently asked in our face-to-face class visits  

 

WRITING RESOURCES

Our ePortfolio has a wide range of writing and citation resources, including:

    • Specific writing situations, like literature reviews, abstracts, proposals, and so on
    • Ethical language use
    • Writing for American academic contexts
    • Crafting effective thesis statements
    • Citation styles and practices

If you don't see the resources you need, please get in touch; we are always updating our ePortfolio and identifying relevant resources for students and faculty.

  

FACULTY AND STAFF CONSULTATIONS 

We provide the same type of collaborative consultations for faculty and staff as we do for students. We work regularly with faculty and staff on book proposals or chapters, article revisions, career materials, and other writing projects.

Faculty and staff have the option to work with another faculty member or with an advanced graduate student. Please write to Juli Parrish or Megan Kelly at wrc@du.edu or call 303-871-7448 to make an appointment.

 

WRITING PROGRAM RESOURCES FOR THE TEACHING OF WRITING

The Writing Program offers extensive resources for faculty teaching writing across the curriculum. Resources include strategies for scaffolding writing assignment, responding to student writing, and more.

 

RESEARCH POSTER SUPPORT

We will not be printing posters during the Fall 2020 quarter, but we will still be offering support for designing effective paper and virtual research posters. More details coming soon!

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I encourage my students to use the Writing Center?

One of the best ways to inform your students about our services is by including a video class visit on your course management site. To request a webinar or discuss other options, write to us at wrc@du.eu.You might also mention the Writing Center in your syllabi. Click here for syllabus statements for online courses.


How will I know if my students are using the Writing Center?

Our consultants write a short note after each session and email that note to the writer. Your students can simply forward that email to you; alternately, if they provide your name and email address to their consultants, we can send that email directly to you. We do count on students to provide your contact information. Please encourage your students to come prepared. 


Can I require my students to visit the Writing Center for help with a particular assignment?

We do not support required consultations, which we may not have the capacity to support. We can instead set aside a dedicated block of time for your students to drop in and work with consultants. If you would like to arrange for your students to work with Writing Center consultants in this way, please contact us at wrc@du.edu at least two weeks in advance to discuss options.