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Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

This site gives education in all facets of writing. While focused on the needs of students, the site has useful information for any writer who feels the need for improvement. Besides the hyperlinked material on all facets of writing, there is a list of reference books, a discussion forum, and a chat room.


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Patrice Fleck
Patrice Fleck (Faculty)
20 years ago
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.

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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.
Tom Snethen
Tom Snethen (null)
20 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 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.