Course and Undergraduate Conferencing
Course Conferencing in the Core Curriculum
Matched to specific courses at each semester’s start, trained undergraduate WA’s also work alongside students enrolled in Core Curriculum Courses, functioning as sympathetic first readers of drafts and offering targeted feedback at any point of the writing process.
Conferencing with course-assigned WAs happens through holding remote, synchronous, 40-minute conferences preferably using our default platform MS Teams. 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 the Teams chat function or 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 MS Teams, a shared document in Microsoft Online using the comment/track changes features, the Collaboration or Conference functions within Canvas, the and/or via phone call, IM, Google Docs/Hangouts, FaceTime, or Facebook video chat. Since WA’s are students themselves may be enrolled in Writing Intensive or Keystone courses, WAs act more as peers than tutors, and their work is a form of collaborative learning that fosters advisees’ ability to develop their own writing strategies and confidence.
COMPASS (Centering Our Minds Passionately Around Student Success)
This intensive seven-day online program prepares domestic first-year students for the academic and social challenges adjusting to college life. Writing instruction and assignments are a vital component of the COMPASS program, and the Writing Center supports COMPASS students as they deepen their understanding of academic discourse, gain confidence in reading and understanding prompts, explore writing as a process, and form college-level writing habits.