Designing Tutor Trainings for Synchronous, Online Writing Tutoring


By Laura Feibush | Jan. 15, 2021

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Rewind & Reset: ‘Prioritizing Antiracism Writing Tutor Education’

By |October 23rd, 2020|

"This chapter is intended for readers who are new to the discussion of antiracist pedagogy, who are coming from a background that did not include writing center theory, or who are re-evaluating their tutor education programs. Within the context of my own process of evaluating and re-evaluating my tutor education programs, and following in a feminist pedagogical tradition of exploring intersections between theory, experience, and application, I will suggest some practical ways to prioritize conversations within writing tutor education about the relationships between writing, the academy, and institutionalized oppression."

New Beginnings: A Dual Campus Writing Center

By |October 16th, 2020|

I continued to correspond with Stateville Correctional Facility students, and in the Spring of 2020, I became a mentor to a second mentee. We corresponded about commenting on student’s papers and how to create the proper tone when giving feedback. But after North Park’s spring break last March, all communication with students in Stateville ceased, as Chicago and Stateville went into quarantine modes. This was a scary time. We learned of rising cases within the prison and death of two highly valued students. One was my mentee. I learned of this loss over email and struggled to comprehend that I would never receive another letter from him.

Looking Forward: The Regional Writing Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland

By |October 9th, 2020|

As I wrote in ‘At the Centre of Changing Contexts: A Writing for Life Centre' (Cleary 2019, p.116), Irish law obligates our universities to be outward facing: “…we are a face looking in two directions simultaneously, back to a student’s life before matriculation and forward to the life the student faces when they leave.” Moving forward, we will continue to host a national essay-writing competition for secondary school students, engaging them in debates about social issues that are relevant to them as a way of preparing them for future civic engagement.

Rewind & Reset: Multimodal and Multimedia Projects in the Writing Center

By |September 25th, 2020|

"In this post, I hope to provide some concrete advice for working with multimedia and multimodal projects in the writing center, but I should start by noting that my advice (and even my definition of “writing”) comes from my work as editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and from my research interests in digital rhetoric – I’m not a scholar or practitioner of Writing Center pedagogies, but I am an ally and supporter of the great work that Writing Centers accomplish. I’ll start with some history and some context; feel free to skip down to the “Advice and Preparation” section to get straight to the practical bits."

It’s been a learning experience. The writing center community remains tight knit in the online space. We hold hands and provide each other emotional support. Writing camps have gone virtual for now. Let’s keep reflecting upon our collective experiences.

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