How do I sign up and access the Chemeketa Online Writing Center?
Step 1: Register for the Chemeketa Online Writing Center by logging on to My Chemeketa and adding – CRN 54439. This is a free course.
To register for a course, log in to My Chemeketa, then –
- Go to Student tab
- Go to Student menu
- Go to Registration menu
- Go to Add/Drop Courses
- Choose the current term, then fill in CRN 54439
- Submit changes
Step 2: Click on the My Courses tab. You will see the Writing Center Online listed. Click on the link and you will be in the Chemeketa Online Writing Center.
If for any reason the link doesn’t open, go to http://chemeketa-bb.blackboard.com and log in from there.
Please note: it may take a few hours for this course to show up. If it has not shown up after 12 hours, please contact the COWC Coordinator.
How to Use the Chemeketa Online Writing Center
Once you reach the Chemeketa Online Writing Center, follow these steps to submit your work. Please note that we have changed the way you submit your work, so it is important to read these instructions even if you have used the COWC before.
- Click on “My Submissions” on the course homepage. This accesses a private consultation area that only you, the teaching assistants, and the coordinator of the Chemeketa Online Writing Center can see.
- Click on the link labeled "Submission 1" and then on "Begin." You will be asked a series of questions about your writing assignment to help the COWC staff understand the task you are working on. You will also have the opportunity to either attach or copy and paste a draft of your writing. When you're finished, click "Save and Submit." The next time you want to use the Online Writing Center you will notice that a new submission space (Submission 2) has been added for you.
- Return to the Chemeketa Online Writing Center in 24-48 hours and click on "Feedback" in the course menu on the left-hand side of the page. Locate your submission to read your consultant's comments. The consultant will probably attach a file, so look for this link in the comments area.
- Finally, click on "Evaluations" from the course homepage and complete anonymous evaluations of your experiences at the Chemeketa Online Writing Center. We ask that you will out a special evaluation the first time you visit, an evaluation after each time you use us for a writing consultation, and another evaluation after your last session each term. Your feedback will help us improve our service, so please give your candid assessment of your experience here! Thanks.
We hope to see you soon online.
Who provides the online tutoring?
Writing Center faculty and teaching assistants.
What kind of help can I expect online?
Currently online tutoring is available for short work or short portions of longer assignments. The tutor will be able to respond to work that is brief enough to be read in about 5-10 minutes. For example, you might submit a thesis statement, a paragraph, an introduction, conclusion, short paper outline, or some other small portion of a paper for feedback from a tutor. Though tutors do not edit work, they instruct with the goal of helping you read your own work critically. They provide instructional feedback and often also suggest supplemental materials.
How can I make the most of the online tutoring experience?
You can make the most of your online tutoring experience by –
- Indicating which class you are in and what assignment you are working on.
- Submitting work that can be easily read in about 5-10 minutes.
- Informing the tutor about what you want him or her to focus on in the work you have posted.
- Please preface your work with a brief note about your writing concerns in the passage you've posted –
• For example, if you are concerned with the clarity of your introduction, you might ask the reader to focus on that issue.
- If you are concerned with sentence structure, or paragraph development, or documentation, or phrasing of thesis, or clarity of ideas and discussion, etc. let the tutor know.
- Posting your work in time for you to use the feedback. It may take up to 48 hours for you to receive feedback from a tutor, so factor that response time into how much time you will need to revise before the assignment's due date.
For more information about the Writing Center, e-mail, stop by or call 503.399.7179.