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ONLINE WRITING LAB NETS UNIVERSITY FUNDING

1/8/2007 —

The Online Writing Lab/Virtual Writing Center (OWL) at Penn State Brandywine, dubbed "LION OWL," has received funding from the University to aid the University's effort to provide the service to a growing number of undergraduate students. LION OWL helps Penn State Brandywine students with writing projects via the Internet. Students can log onto a Web site designed for those who, because of work or other commitments, find it difficult to use the campus' face-to-face Writing Center, which was established two years ago. The LION OWL has the same mission as the walk-in center: to help students and staff become better writers by promoting and supporting the teaching, practice and study of writing.

"We do not write or proofread student papers, but we will help them understand the assignment, brainstorm ideas, evaluate the thesis and ensure the paper flows," said Pamela Main, Writing Center director, who was primarily responsible for conceiving and developing the idea of a Web-based learning center. "We also assist students in editing and/or documenting their work."

Staff members provide regular reports to faculty members on the students seeking assistance. At this point in time, the LION OWL is open five nights a week, generally from 7 to 11 p.m. Students must log in by 10:30 p.m. in order to get a response that same evening. Sessions typically last from 30 to 40 minutes, depending on use by other students. The LION OWL is accessible to students through the University's ANGEL course management system. For information on the "LION OWL" at Penn State Brandywine go to http://www.de2.psu.edu/academics/writingcenter/owl/ online.

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