The Writing Center offers a variety of resources to assist online instructors.
Students trust their faculty to direct them to the correct supports.
1. Encourage support based on student needs
It’s important to know which writing support is best for the kind of help the student needs.
When to suggest Website Guides—to review writing & APA guides/samples
These are beneficial for essentially every student for any type of writing need. Website guides are go-to resources for detailed information on any writing topic!
When to suggest Grammarly—to identify, understand, and avoid grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors
Grammarly is the best support for sentence-level errors, and it teaches grammar rather than just correcting it. Paper Review and Live Tutoring are less effective for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
When to suggest Live Writing Tutoring—to help with a specific focus, such as APA, thesis statements, quoting, etc.
This is where a student can get direct instruction on a particular writing issue. A tutor can review a writing sample and APA during a live writing session.
When to suggest Paper Review—to get revision suggestions, focusing on organization and topic development.
Paper Review is less effective for grammar and APA formatting, focusing instead on holistic revision.
2. Prepare students for effective writing support
Preparing students for writing support ensures the most effective and efficient use of their time.
- Telling a student: “Go to the Writing Center” or other similar broad statement
- Giving a student a laundry list of areas that need improvement
- Assuming a student knows what to ask a tutor for or how to ask a tutor for what they need
- Specifics of what a student needs help on and the language to use with a tutor such as, “adding my own ideas,” “paraphrasing,” or “selecting relevant evidence”
- 1 or 2 topics/issues max– learning is incremental
- When possible, give a resource to the student to review first before taking questions to the tutor
“Get help from the Writing Center on avoiding plagiarism.”
“You have a few ideas that need to be cited. Review this resource.
Also, include more of your own ideas. Review this resource.
Write down specific questions and use the Live Writing Tutoring to ask a tutor when to cite or how you can add your own ideas.”
As faculty and staff, you might notice a student struggling with grammar, punctuation, meeting assignment expectations, plagiarism, and/or other writing-related concerns. To support these students, you can refer a student to the Writing Center at any time. To do so, follow these instructions:
- Gather Information. In order to submit a faculty referral, you will need some key information, including the student’s name, email address, course number, assignments he/she is working on, and key issues you see in the student’s writing.
Fill in the Faculty Referral Form. Fill in all required fields on the Faculty Referral Form and click the arrow to submit the referral form. *Limit student needs to 3-4 issues--learning is incremental.
Writing Center Sends Email. Once the Writing Center receives your referral, we will send an email to the student with details about the supports that are best suited for their specific writing needs. We will copy you on this email.
We created a library of announcements showcasing our writing supports that you can post in your classroom. These announcements are ready to go, so you don’t have to create the content!
You’ll notice that they are Word documents, but within each Word document is the HTML code for the announcement, which you can copy and paste into your announcement's HTML Editor. For help posting these HTML announcements, watch this quick tutorial.
- Welcome to the Writing Center
- Writing Center & Library
- Do Ashford’s Free Academic Supports Work?
- Don't be Afraid to Use Free Tutoring
- Paper Review
- Writing Refresher Series
- Copy & Paste Plagiarism
- Protect Yourself from Scams
- Undergraduate vs. Graduate Writing
- Narrowing a Topic and Developing a Research Question
- Top 10 Resources for DoGE
- Top 10 Resources for Forbes
- Writing in Business
- Top 10 Resources for CoE
- Writing in Education
- Top 10 Resources for CoHHSS
- Top 10 Resources for CoLA
- Top 10 Resources for CDS
Jennifer Dunn, M.F.A.
Liaison to DoGE, CoLA, and CoE
The Writing Center Liaisons support the curriculum development and revision process by supporting the student writing expectations, including:
Scaffolding and Reviewing writing assignments
We offer guidance on scaffolding writing assignments to guide students through the writing process and support student outcomes. We also review your writing prompts for clarity of student understanding of writing expectations.
Suggesting writing resources to embed
We suggest Writing Center resources to embed within assignments.
Answering questions about available writing resources and student supports
We answer questions about the writing or APA resources available and the student supports we offer. We are also happy to hear suggestions for future resources and discuss other ways to support you. Reach out to your Writing Center liaison at any time.
Creating custom writing-related resources
We create customized resources to help students accurately complete assignments for courses under revision or development. Created on a case-by-case basis. These could take from 2-5 weeks to create.
Download our fillable assignment template to customize for any assignment: Fillable Assignment Template
- Encouraging Effective Use of Tutoring Supports
- We share ways to encourage students to use tutoring as part of the learning process, and how to prepare students for an effective and personalized tutoring session.
- Encouraging Academic Integrity
- This presentation provides strategies for promoting academic integrity by understanding student perspectives and providing ethical alternatives.
- Improving Student Writing and Reading: Improving Rhetorical Awareness
- Create more awareness of audience, purpose, context, and other parts of the rhetorical situation into assignments and readings. Usable resource included!
- Writing Matters! Part I: Introduction to Giving Effective Feedback & Part II: Feedback Workshop: What is effective feedback and how to give it?
- Part I focuses on best practices and time management for providing effective feedback on student writing.
- Part II is a workshop of just-in-time lessons with a practice on giving effective in-text comments and other feedback techniques. This series also provides a working “Playbook” of effective comments on writing and how you can upload these into your personal Waypoint library of comments.
- APA Refresher
- This module provides a quick refresher to help you feel confident about your APA knowledge, and will help you to give consistent and appropriate feedback to students.