Two time winner of National University Technology Network awards, the Excelsior College OWL is a free, comprehensive writing resource offering multimedia support. The OWL covers topics such as the writing process, documentation, grammar, and more.
The Locating Information & Writing with Sources area shares information on finding and incorporating sources while developing a strong writing process for research essays.
The Writing Process area provides instruction on developing a strong writing process by exploring the steps needed to create essays.
The Grammar Essentials area covers parts of speech and punctuation, and explores the most common errors in college writing.
The Essay Zone includes information, examples, and practice activities with the major rhetorical styles assigned in college writing classes.
The Digital Writing area explores writing in the 21st Century while learning about writing for the web and creating digital presentations.
Paper Capers is the writing process game (also available on mobile devices) where players can test their understanding of the steps within the writing process.
The Avoiding Plagiarism area defines the many facets of plagiarism, what its consequences are, and how to avoid it.
ESL-WOW (English as a Second Language Writing Online Workshop) includes lessons and activities on the writing process with specifically designed tutorials to support students whose native language is not English.
The Excelsior College OWL is available on mobile devices as well as desktop computers. Interactive learning activities and examples are available throughout.
Type of Material:
The material can be used in class, at home, in university laboratories, for tasks, individually or as a team. This material is very flexible.
As a link for students in classes requiring writing
There are no technical requirements.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Provide writing support for a plethora of student situations
Target Student Population:
Faculty, developers, designers where writing is required
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The content of this material is of high quality, provides users with the best possible resources to meet their objectives.
Great examples, lots of illustrations, and fun ways to look at English writing and grammar
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This material has a high potential as a learning resource for the writing of academic texts of the highest level.
Divided into sections so students can access the materials they need just in time without reading all of the materials at once
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Excellent interface design Good navigation flow, with minimal fragmentation and randomness. The instructions are clear and precise. It is a robust site.
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