Improving Writing Across the Curriculum: Lessons from OWLs. Tan Bee Hoon Professor Dr. Richard P. Corballis School of English & Media Studies Massey University (Turitea). Overview. 1. OWL: An Introduction 2. Theoretical Background 3. OWLs and Writing Improvement
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Tan Bee Hoon
Professor Dr. Richard P. Corballis
School of English & Media Studies
Massey University (Turitea)
1. OWL: An Introduction
2. Theoretical Background
3. OWLs and Writing Improvement
4. An Exemplary OWL(Virtual Tour)
- Focus is on the final product
- Grammatical accuracy and precise rhetorical organisation are emphasized
- The writer must not get help with his writing to avoid plagiarism.
- Cognitive learning theory: meaningful learning is reflective and constructive
- Collaborative learning theory:
better writing is achieved through collaboration
- Errors are de-emphasized
- Writing is a process comprising various stages
- A gopher or website that promotes a physical writing centre.
- Access to electronic handouts, guidebooks, or other reference materials.
- Links to electronic texts from global websites
- Access to Internet or other network search.
- Links to homepages of the local or global writing community.
- Publishing environment for student writers.
- Connection to forums or listservs on writing.
- Links to MOOs for writers.
- One-to-one tutorials via private chat rooms or form-based e-mail submission
Students who worked with the OWL improved at a measurably rate than students who did not
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ users rated the OWL help as ‘good’ or very ‘good’