Undergraduate Programs

How to Use the Writing Center Remotely

Consult our drop-in schedule here to see which WA’s are available right now for remote drop-ins. Contact them via the listed email addresses.

The Writing Center is open to offer remote support in the form of course-assigned WA conferencing and regularly scheduled drop-in hours. Note that the Writing Center still does not offer asynchronous conferencing; you cannot send us your paper and we’ll send it back later with feedback. A drop-in conference must include both a shared text and a (virtual) conversation in real time.

For troubleshooting, contact Melissa Pavlik during faculty drop-in hours (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 12-1pm), email mpavlik@northpark.edu, or sign up for a virtual appointment at https://calendly.com/mpavlik.

Drop-ins

Student advisees can initiate a remote drop-in conference by sending an email to the drop-in WA(s) that says “I am ready for a conference. Once the WA and advisee connect, they can decide to continue the conference in a mode that is comfortable for both users. These modes might include a phone call, the Writing Center’s room in BigBlueButton, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facebook IM, a Facebook video call, or FaceTime.

Student advisees should be ready to share documents (your writing prompt and draft you are currently working on) with their drop-in WA via email either before or at the start of the drop-in conference. Documents should be shared in Microsoft Word or a mutually agreed upon method.

Student advisees should continue to sign in to our Writing Center Google form for attendance purposes. An excel sheet can be provided to professors upon request if they want to know which students from their courses attend drop-in hours and when.

Course Conferencing

Conferencing with course-assigned WAs will continue for the rest of the semester through holding remote, synchronous, 40-minute conferences. We in the Writing Center are flexible about methods as long as they include both a shared text and a (virtual) conversation. Texts (drafts, prompts and rubrics) might be shared via North Park email, by requesting that COE grant WAs TA access in Canvas course shells, or (at the professor’s request) via Google docs or other electronic methods of communication. Conversations can occur via email, a shared document in Microsoft Online using the comment/track changes features, the Collaboration or Conference functions within Canvas, the Writing Center’s BigBlueButton conference room, via phone call, IM, Google Docs/Hangouts, FaceTime, or Facebook video chat.

Graduate and SPS Student Drop-ins

Remote conferencing for graduate and SPS students can now be scheduled by appointment with professional writing coach Nancy Hostetter at nhostetter1@northpark.edu or Melissa Pavlik at https://calendly.com/mpavlik  or mpavlik@northpark.edu. The Writing Center is flexible about conferencing methods as long as they include both a shared text and a conversation. Texts (drafts, prompts and rubrics) might be shared via North Park email, by faculty requesting a coach be granted TA access in Canvas, or via Google docs or other electronic methods of communication. Conversations can occur via email, a shared document in Microsoft Online using the comment/track changes features, the Collaboration or Conference functions within Canvas, the Writing Center’s BigBlueButton conference room, phone call, IM, Google Docs/Hangouts, FaceTime, or Facebook video chat.

Graduate Student Conferencing with Professional Coaches

If you are interested in working with a professional writing coach and haven’t begun the process yet, contact Melissa Pavlik at mpavlik@northpark.edu.