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Welcome to the Writing Center. with Amy Kubista, MALS Writing Specialist Walden Writing Center. Agenda. Overview of the Writing Center Writing Center’s Role in Student Writing Center Services & Courses Tutor Services Dissertation Editor Services. What We Do. Writing Center Mission:

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Welcome to the writing center

Welcome to the Writing Center

with

Amy Kubista, MALS

Writing Specialist

Walden Writing Center


Agenda
Agenda

  • Overview of the Writing Center

  • Writing Center’s Role in Student Writing

  • Center Services & Courses

  • Tutor Services

  • Dissertation Editor Services


What We Do

Writing Center Mission:

The Walden University Writing Center is dedicated to helping students become better writers. Recognizing the importance of the written word in effecting social change, we work to provide scholar-practitioners with the tools to transform themselves and society by becoming more effective communicators. We contribute to Walden’s thriving academic community by working one on one with students online and at the university’s academic residencies. We offer Walden students advice on organization, grammar, format, and APA style, and we answer students’ questions concerning the writing process and its outcomes so that they can best contribute to ongoing scholarly dialogues within each of the university’s schools and the broader academic community.


Services Available for All

Walden Students

  • Writing Courses

  • Residencies (presentations and advising)

  • Webinars

  • Website (template, videos, handouts)

  • Blog

  • Twitter (WUWritingCenter)

  • Grammarly

  • Turnitin

  • One-On-One Reservations


Student success courses
Student Success Courses

  • Student Success courses may be taken by students enrolled in any graduate program. All courses (with one exception) are offered in quarter and semester formats.

  • These courses are designed to help students acquire knowledge and skills to supplement required degree program courses and to help students successfully complete their academic program.

  • To learn more, go to: http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/Writing-Courses.htm


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Student Success Courses

  • Skills for Academic Integrity

  • Advanced Reading Strategies

  • Graduate Writing (levels I, II, III)

  • Critical Thinking and Logic

  • A Practical Course in APA Style

  • Graduate Writing for Non-Native English Students

  • Communications and Teamwork in a Global Society

  • Writing a Literature Review

  • Succeeding on Academic and Professional Exams


Services Available for All

Walden Students

  • Writing Courses

  • Residencies (presentations and advising)

  • Webinars

  • Website (template, videos, handouts)

  • Blog

  • Twitter (WUWritingCenter)

  • Grammarly

  • Turnitin

  • One-On-One Reservations


Grammarly

  • An automated grammar and revision tool

  • Appropriate for a draft in need of grammar review, submitted before the use of one-on-one Walden tutoring

  • Accessible through the Writing Center website


Purpose of Grammarly

  • Does not “fix” paper but provides instructional paragraphs that correspond to errors noted in the writing

  • Requires critical thinking by the student; much like MS Word grammar check, not all suggestions will be appropriate

  • Supplements rather than replaces the live tutors, who can focus on other issues


Services Available for All

Walden Students

  • Writing Courses

  • Residencies (presentations and advising)

  • Webinars

  • Website (template, videos, handouts)

  • Blog

  • Twitter (WUWritingCenter)

  • Grammarly

  • Turnitin

  • One-On-One Reservations


Turnitin.com

  • Tag line: “Prevent Plagiarism. Engage Students.”

  • Generates “Originality Report”

  • While instructor’s TII accounts may submit your paper to larger TII database, the writing center’s TII drop box does not.


Services Available for All

Walden Students

  • Writing Courses

  • Residencies (presentations and advising)

  • Webinars

  • Website (template, videos, handouts)

  • Blog

  • Twitter (WUWritingCenter)

  • Grammarly

  • Turnitin

  • One-On-One Reservations


One on one services
One-on-One Services

  • Master’s-level professionals

    • Ten Graduate Writing Tutors

    • Eleven Dissertation Editors

  • Provide individualized feedback

    • Different backgrounds

    • Different approaches


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One-on-One Services

  • Paper reviews provided by reservation through the scheduling system

    • Make an appointment

    • Upload paper for asynchronous review

    • Receive review within 2 business days


Make an appointment
Make an Appointment

Log into myWalden portal and click “Schedule an Appointment” from the Academics tab.


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Make an Appointment

Select Tutor or Editor


Make an appointment2
Make an Appointment

Click either

Upload Paper or

Make Appointment


Make an appointment3
Make an Appointment

Upload paper


Make an appointment4
Make an Appointment

After clicking Make Appointment, select appointment reason


Make an appointment5
Make an Appointment

Search for all appointments


Make an appointment6
Make an Appointment

Select desired appointment; if there are no available appointments, nothing shows up here


Make an appointment7
Make an Appointment

Confirm email address


Make an appointment8
Make an Appointment

Confirmation page


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Make an Appointment

Click on “View or Cancel Appointment” to see appointment details or upload paper.

Option to upload paper from this page as well.


OK, now what?

Tutor or editor will e-mail paper back to you within 2 business days.



Policies
Policies

For full policies, go to:

http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/825.htm

  • No-Shows

  • Papers submitted by 5:00 a.m. CDT day of your reservation

  • Plagiarism

  • Tutors v. Editors for Hire

    • Our job is to teach


Writing tutors
Writing Tutors

  • Goal: Writing skill development

  • Feedback on graduate-level course papers, KAMs, theses, the dissertation prospectus, and doctoral study drafts that occur before the 8090 or 8990 course

  • Advice on APA, grammar/mechanics, clarity, word choice, academic voice, organization, and paragraph development

Graduate Writing Tutors will not edit your paper


Dissertation Editors

  • The Walden dissertation editors work with students during the drafting stage of their dissertation or doctoral study manuscript on these issues:

  • finer points of APA style

  • manuscript format

  • organizing and presenting material in a way that is clear, concise, and scholarly


Dissertation editors
Dissertation Editors

  • Limited spots available; focus is different from that of the writing tutors

  • Students at this stage should have command over basic elements of academic writing, including grammar and organization.

  • Opportunities for improving these skills are available through the graduate writing courses, creating or joining a peer-review group, participating in the online discussion board on eCampus, attending webinars offered by the Writing Center, or hiring a freelance editor.


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Dissertation Editors

  • Editors will review one chapter per reservation and one revision of that chapter, and students are advised to submit a draft that is as complete as possible.

  • We encourage students working on very early drafts to consult with their committee chair to ensure that all content elements are in place before working with an editor.

  • Once content is in place, editors can then work to help students refine the draft and make sure the draft complies with formatting and writing guidelines.


Resources
Resources

  • Writing Center http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/

  • Library http://library.waldenu.edu/

  • Residency Information http://residencies.waldenu.edu/


Questions
Questions

  • Thanks for joining us this evening; please let us know if you have any questions!

  • All of the information in tonight’s presentation can be found in our Student User Guide at: http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/285.htm

  • You can access a recording of tonight’s webinar as well as the PowerPoint slides on our webinar archive page on our Writing Center website: http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/26.htm


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