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Online Writing Lab (OWL)


The ECU Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers Distance Education students the opportunity to consult with a trained writing center consultant, either in an e-Tutoring appointment, or an online synchronous appointment. Our OWL allows off-campus students to ask specific questions about their writing in any stage, from brainstorming to the final draft. While our online consultants do not simply proofread or edit anyone's paper, we gladly answer questions and try to provide feedback that will help any student become a better writer.

e-Tutoring appointments are conducted through our WCOnline program. After filling out an appointment form and attaching a document, students will receive their paper back, with comments from a Writing Center tutor, within their scheduled hour.

The OWL also offer synchronous online appointments, where Distance Education students can interact with Writing Center staff through a chat/whiteboard program. Documents can be uploaded and actively commented on by both the student and consultant simultaneously. These appointments are one hour in length, and both the student and consultant are present in the WCOnline appointment system.

Only students enrolled in Distance Education courses have the opportunity to use the OWL. 


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