Writing center now online
Vol. 17, No. 26April 2, 1998

Writing center now online

UD's Writing Program has gone online. The new website at www.english.udel.edu/writing includes three sections: resources for teachers, resources for students and course information.

According to Donna Lehmann, Writing Center, "The development of this site came about, not only as a way to centralize our resources and material in an easily accessible forum for students and instructors at the University of Delaware, but also as a way to share our writing program and its accomplishments with students and teachers of writing at other colleges and universities."

Now teachers and students, here and elsewhere, can find helpful and innovative tips and pointers on teaching writing and on acquiring writing skills on-line, as well as learning about courses and sources of information.

For example, the teachers' site has topics ranging from knowing your audience to in-class essays to the writing process, with specific ideas for classroom activities. A click on "audience" gives an example of an essay on physical fitness directed to undergraduates. The page provides suggestions for classroom analysis of the title, introduction, language and other factors in terms that are interesting and appealing to the intended audience.

The students' site offers information on the Writing Center, the Morris Library, English 110 grading standards, clichés and other topics. By clicking on the grading standards, for example, a student can find out what criteria are used in grading papers in English 110, in terms of content, sentence structure and other standards. A discussion of what constitutes and what does not constitute a cliché is found under that link.

Course information includes all sections of English 110, which are listed with the course number, instructor, location and syllabi, enabling instructors to make changes and assignments on the web. There also are links to the instructors' homepages.

The center plans to expand this service to other writing courses next fall, Lehmann said.

Last year's award-winning essays from English 110 also may be accessed from the site's main page.