Services We Provide for Faculty
We are thrilled when faculty recommend the Tutoring and Writing Center to their students, and we do our best to help them. The Tutoring and Writing Center is also happy to offer many services for faculty.
In an assignment consultation, the Writing Center Coordinator will review your writing assignment instructions and provide suggestions to make your assignment more clear, comprehensive, and effective. We can also review rubrics, handouts, and any other component of the writing assignments you use in your classes. We can help you start from scratch, or proofread for grammar before posting. Contact the Writing Center Coordinator to request a consultation: email@example.com
Classroom Drop-In Visits
A tutor will happily visit your class and give a 5- to 10-minute description of the Tutoring and Writing Center services. We will work around your schedule; let us know what is convenient to you. A writing tutor can also visit your class in order to present on a specific aspect of writing or documentation, such as how to respond to essay exam questions or proper use of MLA citation style. Contact a TWC coordinator to request a consultation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Embedded Blackboard Consulting
Faculty can request to add an embedded tutor in their online course.
Some examples of activities and roles an embedded tutor could undertake:
- Question and answer discussion board forums
- Individual or group sessions
- Visiting expert/guest speaker (e.g. presentation on a writing topic or assignment)
- Structured learning activity (e.g. guided writing)
- Peer review moderator
- Interactive resource moderator (e.g. blog)
- Exam preparation
- Guided revision
- Discussion leader/moderator for writing concerns
- Grammar guide
How does it work?
Contact a TWC coordinator to arrange for a tutor to be added to your course and to discuss your preferred method of embedded assistance. For example, an instructor could create a discussion board forum a tutor will monitor for writing questions. Your students can post writing questions to the forum, and when the tutor responds, the other members of the class will also be able to see the discussion (unless you choose to modify the audience—we’re flexible!). The writing tutor will subscribe to the forum (meaning they will be notified when a question is posted), and will respond promptly within a pre-established time frame. See the mock-up below.
Each instructor can decide whether to require students to use the embedded service, and can control whether points are awarded for doing so. The consulting may be a one-time opportunity or a semester-long support service, and might be free-form or attached to a particular project or assignment.
While an embedded tutor is not a teaching assistant, we can make your job easier by offering on-the-spot help for students in need, so that you can focus on subject matter concerns.
We have handouts on writing topics. Rather than creating a handout from scratch, you can modify one of ours. The handouts are available on our webpage or in the Tutoring and Writing Center, A-201.
Student Visit Verification
If you would like a notice when your students visit the Tutoring and Writing Center, please contact us to discuss various options for verifying students’ attendance. You may wish to require a session or offer students extra credit for visiting; we can provide verification when they do.
We have developed a statement that you can copy or modify for inclusion in your syllabus, essay assignments, or other course documents: Syllabus Statement