Tech in the Center: Beyond The Basics

When I speak with another writing center administrators, I’m fascinated by the patchwork of apps, programs, and social media platforms in use to connect with students and clients. In addition to the standards–such as WCOnline and Google Docs–we’d love to hear from you and share with our community:

  • What’s your best and most innovative technological discovery?
  • What program or app helps you organize the flow of people, information, and events?
  • What interesting or new things are you doing with well-known technologies?
  • What website or service could you no longer live without?

We’d like to post a series short testimonials on what works best for you. Please e-mail Amy Hansen at hansenae@appstate.edu with your answers. Include as much information as you can: links, photos of the technology in action, of you, your staff, or your writing center, and most importantly, a short (300-400 word) description of the technology, how you use it in your writing center, and what logistical or communicative need it meets.

WLN News Round-Up for the Month of July

Here’s some of what has been on the WLN news radar lately:

“What does OWL mean to you?: Creating New Web-Based Resources for the Writing Center”– This post explores the process of making an online writing workshop about literature reviews, especially focusing on making it interactive using the program Zaption. [UofL Writing Center]

“From the CanLit Guides Workshop to the Writing Centre: Using Think-Aloud Protocol as a Tool for Peer Review”– This entry explains the think-aloud protocol and explains how it was applied in a dissertation bootcamp. [University of Waterloo]

“The (Ghost) Writer in the Machine”– This interview with Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, author of the new book Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, discusses the relationship between writers and writing technology. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

“WriteCast: Favorite Apps to Save You Time While You Write”– This podcast episode from Walden University shares apps that student writers can use to aid in the writing process. Take a listen below: