Monday, August 31, 2009

Have the Writing Center Visit Your Class

Having Writing Center Tutors visit your class for a ten to fifteen minute presentation at the start of the quarter will let your students know about the many resources available to them and make them more comfortable using these resources.

If your class is at the Loop Campus, you can arrange a visit simply by completing the form on the Writing Center's website at this address:

If your class is at a Suburban Campus, Writing Center tutors will be dropping by classes in the first few weeks of the quarter to ask if they can do a quick presentation.

If you teach online, please point out to your students that the Writing Center provides feedback by email as well as online tutoring using instant messaging and webcams. They can learn more here:

For your syllabus

The Writing Center has developed the following syllabus supplement detailing their services for SNL students. Please consider adding it to your syllabus. 

The Writing Center

All students are urged to utilize the Writing Center to discuss their assignments for this course or any others.  For your convenience, writing groups have been established under the direction of the Writing Center on the Oak Forest, Naperville, and O’Hare campuses, meeting Saturdays from Sept. 26 to Nov. 14 at 10 am.  You may also use our online services at your convenience, including Feedback-by-Email and IM conferencing (with or without a webcam).  If you are able to use services at the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses, you may schedule appointments (30 or 50 minutes) on an as-needed or weekly basis, scheduling up to 3 hours worth of appointments per week. All writing center services are free

Writing Center tutors are specially selected and trained graduate and undergraduate students who can help you at almost any stage of your writing.  They will not do your work for you, but they can help you focus and develop your ideas, review your drafts, and polish your writing.  They can answer questions about grammar, mechanics, different kinds of writing styles, and documentation formats.  They also can answer questions and provide feedback online, through IM/webcam chats and email.  Obviously, the tutors won’t necessarily be familiar with every class or subject, but they are able to provide valuable help from the perspective of an interested and careful reader as well as a serious and experienced student-writer.

Schedule your appointments with enough time to think about and use the feedback you’ll receive.  Bring your assignment handout and other relevant materials to your appointments.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

"Students Just Don't Know How to Read Anymore"

If you find yourself thinking the problem with your students' writing or with class discussions is that your students are not reading critically, try one of the strategies suggested here by Shelly Reid of George Mason University.

Welcome to our new writing teachers

Over the past few quarters, we've been lucky to have some additions to our group of writing teachers:
  • Long-time SNL faculty member Renee Gilbert started teaching writing online this summer.
  • Pamela Sourelis will also be joining our online writing faculty starting this fall. Pamela has an MA for DePaul's English Department, an MFA from Vermont College and has been teaching writing for over 25 years.
  • Tom Dow will be teaching online and on-campus. Tom has his MA and PhD from Loyola and is currently the Chair of the Communications, Literature and Languages Department at Moraine Valley Community College.
In addition to  these wonderful part-time teachers, we were fortunate to get two full-time writing instructor positions this year. These positions will be filled by Katie Wozniak and Stephanie Triller, both of whom have MAs from DePaul. Katie has already taught for us part-time while Stephanie has been teaching at Truman College.