Faculty Resources

 

Writing Center Support For Your Class

However small, connections made between the Writing Center and writing-intensive classes are profoundly influential to students’ future interactions with the Center. If you are interested in having your students use the Writing Center for their assignments in your class, or in having Writing Center staff visit your classroom for a workshop, please consider the options outlined below.

Feel free to contact the Director, Alicia Brazeau, with any questions or requests. I am happy to work with you to create something unique for your class.

Individual Writing Consultations (Online or In-Person)

For 2020-2021, the Writing Center will continue to offer one-on-one appointments for writers facilitated by either our professional staff or by our student consultants. Our fifteen student consultants are all trained in writing pedagogy and tutoring strategies, and represent thirteen different majors.

For fall 2020, we will offer some in-person appointments (as usual), but will primarily encourage online appointments through our scheduling platform: wooster.mywconline.com. We offer two types of appointments: online (synchronous video chat) and e-tutoring (asynchronous feedback).

Read the full information on how your students can make an online or e-tutoring appointment.

We have also created an infographic to help students consider which type of appointment might be best for them.

How to Incorporate Writing Center visits into your class?

If you would like to encourage or require students to visit the Writing Center, there are a few options we suggest:

  • Incorporate an informal assignment for students to visit the Center at least once during the semester. This option allows the student to decide when and for which assignment they will seek help.
  • In your feedback on their essays, encourage or require students to visit the Center to revise.
  • Incorporate the Center into students’ pre-writing work to reinforce good writing habits. Consider encouraging students to make use of an online or in-person appointment to create or evaluate an outline, discuss a prompt and thesis-statement idea, etc.
  • Require or encourage students to work with a consultant on a specific assignment draft. Note: if you would like to pursue this option, please contact me at abrazeau@wooster.edu so that we can ensure that students are able to get an appointment when they need to. If you are teaching an online course in fall, we might also be able to facilitate a consultant peer-review through Moodle forums or workshop.

Workshops (Online or In-Person)

All of our workshops are activity-based and seek to introduce students to writing and revising strategies that they can use to craft stronger, more nuanced writing for assignments in your course. Since the content and form of writing assignments varies so broadly across disciplines and classes, we do not instruct students in genre-based conventions; we do, however, welcome your participation in the workshop if you would like to point out (or reinforce) how your students might adapt strategies to the specific parameters of your assignment.

All workshops are offered as online Moodle activities that you can either import into your own class Moodle site, or send students to complete on the Moodle Writing Center course page. Our Moodle site is available here under “Writing Center” here: training.wooster.edu (Please note that these workshops will not be available until August.)

You can request an in-class workshop or request additional information about the online workshops by contacting abrazeau@wooster.edu.

Introduction to the Writing Center

We will introduce students to our services (both online and face-to-face), talk about what to expect when meeting with a consultant, and discuss how working with the Center might be useful to them. Note: no activity is included in this workshop. Approximately 15 minutes.

Thesis Design

This workshop covers thesis-writing basics, helping students move beyond the five-paragraph-essay thesis. Students will practice designing and drafting supportable, complex thesis statements and have the opportunity to peer review their work with peers.

Citing Like a Pro: MLA, APA, or Chicago

This series of Moodle lessons introduces students to the basics of citation in either MLA, APA, or Chicago: Notes and Bibliography. Each lesson offers students practice in recognizing and creating accurate citations.

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting

This workshop helps students practice appropriate and effective incorporation of source material into an essay in the form of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. During this workshop students will practice creating summaries and paraphrasing material they intend to cite in an essay they are drafting for your class.

Revising: Making Writing More Concise

This workshop teaches students strategies for making their writing more concise, including reducing word count and honing word choice and sentence structure. During this workshop students will revise one of their essays to make it more concise.

Revising: Reverse Outlining

This workshop teaches students the process of reverse outlining: creating a detailed outline of the ideas and topics already present in a written draft. Reverse outlining is a revision technique that not only helps writers re-organize, but also helps them evaluate how well each piece of a text fits into the larger discussion, determine places that need development or elimination, and create better topic sentences and transitions. During this workshop students will build and evaluate a reverse outline of their essay for your class.

Pre-Writing: Outlining and Mapping

This workshop introduces students to a few methods for outlining the content and organization of an essay, and emphasizes the necessity of considering the connections between and progression of ideas. During this workshop students will build and assess an outline for their essay for your class.