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:

https://soundcloud.com/writecast/episode-20-favorite-apps-to-save-you-time-when-you-write

WLN News Round-Up: March 16-27

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

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 12.53.52 PMEverything I Know about Writing I Learned From The Bachelor“- Hillary Wentworth, a writing instructor at Walden University, explores the similarities between writing and The Bachelor. My favorite comparison is the one between academic writing and a group date! [Walden University Writing Center]

“Order and Chaos in English Spelling”- Dr. Anne Curzan discusses the assertion that English orthography makes no sense. For those who claim that they would like English spelling to have less irregularities, she offers the challenge: “Which irregular spellings are you willing to part with?” [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

“What Grammar Pedants and Fashion Victims Have in Common”– In honor of National Grammar Day in the United Staes, which was March 4, this article asserts that grammar rules are often as arbitrary and situational as those of fashion. [The Conversation]

Check out this quote from the article:

If your shoes and handbag don’t match, both items will still be entirely practical. In the same way, ending a sentence with a preposition – location words such as on, in – will not make the message less understandable, yet both, to pedantic minds, show a disregard for what is right and proper.

“How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent”- This piece details how a middle school library in Ohio used trends in makerspaces and personalized learning to transform their library. The post includes a list of technology in the new learning center and a video detailing the transformation of the space. [Cult of Pedagogy]

“How To Beat Creative Blocks”– The video below is from the series “The Science of Us” and discusses how creativity increases as we keep working on a project. My question is: What strategies can tutors use to help writers keep working through difficult subjects and ideas? Let us know in the comments! [New York Magazine]