Hello! My name is Amber Slater, and I’m a peer tutor and Graduate Assistant at DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning. I’ll be foraging the web for writing center-related happenings and sharing them here. Stay tuned!
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo! Writers who sign up pledge to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 30. Michigan State University consultant Caitlin Munch discusses why anyone, even people with busy schedules, should sign up for NaNoWriMo. [MSU]
Visual art and writing collide. The University of Southern California Writing Center has transformed its space into an art gallery. The works were submitted by student artists and reflect scenes from novels such as J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin. Stay tuned for a CWCAB interview about this, soon! [USCDornsife]
The National Census on Writing has been released! Carl Straumsheim summarizes and highlights major findings of the National Census on Writing, which collected data from over 900 two- and four-year institutions. [Inside Higher Ed]
Robo-tutors? A company called Knewton has created a “mind-reading robo-tutor” that uses cloud-based data to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and provide personalized tutoring sessions. The reception so far has been mixed, and the product is currently aimed at K-12 education. My questions is: Is it time for Writing Centers to harness this type of technology? [NPR]
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