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1. Time I went into this site several times for a total of more than an hour over the course of two days. Each time I visited, more and more facets of the site impressed me.
2. Quality of Content. This is a terrific website. As a writing teacher who is always looking for ways to improve and update my Composition courses, this is an invaluable resource. It presents different aspects of the writing process (editing vs. revision) as well as many different writing styles (personal, argumentative, thesis). It makes visible the fact that particular writing styles such as writing with a thesis, are not ?universal? and hence ?eternal? to writing instruction but an option, one of many types of writing. It lists so many different aspects of a potential writing course in a visually appealing, lucid, basic manner.
3. Potential Effectiveness This site contains immense potential for effectiveness. There are dozens of potential writing assignments here and the pedagogical scaffolding around them, from simple response or descriptive writing to long complex documents.
4. Ease of Use The design is very user friendly. Although one has to scroll a lot in the main frame, the left column has a convenient table of contents, making it very easy to navigate within each section. The color scheme is pleasant and calming.
12 years ago
I spent about an hour browsing the site, and found the material to be comprehensive and very good quality. It is easy to navigate, with descriptive headings that allow one to jump to any section of interest. Each section has interspersed expository text about the subject, summaries in the form of tables, and exercises. Examples are used liberally, with good effect.
Besides the core educational material, there is a comprehensive list of reference books with links to amazon.com. In consideration of these links, Amazon provides financial support for the site, which is a non-profit endeavor.
The site also features a search engine, chat room, and discussion forum. I did not try out the search engine nor the chat room. There was nothing of profound interest to me in the forum. The strength of the site is in its excellent tutorial content. These other features are only icing on the cake.