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GOING ONLINE: THE POTENTIAL FOR ONE-TO-ONE SYNCRHONOUS SUPPORT IN UK HIGHER EDUCATION. WRITE NOW CETL London Metropolitan University. London Met Writing Centre: 2000 peer tutorials 2006-09 (over 900 in ’08-’09) Collaborative and non-directive
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WRITE NOW CETL
London Metropolitan University
Our Initial Focus
“it was easily accessible and is saved a lot of time as i did not have to travel all the way to uni for the same session”
“Nothing to add other than very efficient use of resources for the uni and convenient for students, someone in management must be on the ball!”
All found it easy to use and thought it was a good use of their time.
Things we’d like to improve on technically….
Discussing need for thesis
P: another good idea that helps me a lot is summing up my argument in the last sentence of the introduction. What I mean by thesis is basically writing what the purpose of the essay is in one sentence at the end of your introduction.
P: so for your paper, what IS the link between homelessness and domestic violence? Is there a link? Or isn’t there?
Student: got it, thanks
P: no, no I actually want you to answer! :_
Student: ok right! Loads –psychological, cultural, you name it! So I’ll stick a sentence of this ilk into the intro - the last sentence.
P: you want to answer the title of your paper. By doing this, you keep the professor on the same track as your line of thought and you also help yourself because you are able to keep checking back to your introduction and keep yourself on track!
> internet outage in Florida…
S: there are still some writing issues left – come in and see a mentor face to face – sorry we weren’t able to go through more of your work
So do we need space for writing (as distinct from talking about writing)
At end of a tutorial:
n.b. in a session the student could do this. So we need voice…
“Our technological decisions, however, worked for our particular center in particular ways at particular times. Viewing AVT technologies as mere tools fails to capture the breadth and potential of AVT integration for learning and literacy. Rather than embrace or endorse one singular product, we encourage you to engage the processes of digital design as you mix and match various applications of technology and the semiotic practices they make available, writing and rewriting the possibilities of the writing center”
2. Convergence is harder than it sounds.
3. Everyone will survive if everyone works together. (Unfortunately, that was the one thing nobody knew how to do.)”
“Designing online writing centers is hard work. OWCs often start out with the burden of trying to work like a f2f writing center--but then figure out that a f2f writing center is not the right conceptual model for an online writing center.”
Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch