April 24, 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Track 1: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
Track 3: Student Engagement and Persistence
Mindy Sloan
Associate Vice President, Research & Student Success
Ashford University
Utilization of an Online Grammar and Writing Program to Improve Student Work

To assess the effectiveness of the Criterion writing program, our researchers used the program’s analytics to gauge student proficiency, use, and the effectiveness of the program. In this study we compiled all of the data and tracked the number of submissions and types of errors, sorted by major and ethnicity.

Patricia Backer
San Jose State University
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Engaging Student Writers with Online Resources

This presentation analyzes a variety of higher education writing centers which augment in-person tutoring with online resources. The researchers survey website activity and testimonials to examine tutoring, handouts, and webinar effectiveness of a sampling of online writing labs (OWLS). We attempt to answer the following questions: To enhance student engagement, which OWL features could be automated? Which should remain person and direct?

Emily Nye
Writing Center Director
Ashford University
Chandra Howard
Writing Consultant
Ashford University
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Reflection Papers: Engaging Students in Writing Across Disciplines

Strong writing skills are important for success in any field. But many college students dread writing assignments, completing them perfunctorily, without ever developing a habit of writing. Reflection papers can engage students directly and immediately with the value of writing, in any class, subject or level.

Sarah Barsness
Fulltime Faculty/Curriculum Coordinator
Academy of Art University