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The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

For more information about services for the Purdue University community, including one-to-one consultations, ESL conversation groups and workshops, please visit the Writing Lab site.

Mission

The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement. The Purdue Writing Lab serves the Purdue, West Lafayette, campus and coordinates with local literacy initiatives. The Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services.

A Message From the Coordinator

The Purdue OWL is committed to supporting students and instructors of writing courses during this difficult time.  For this reason, we've directed our staff to assemble resources that can be used in writing courses that have recently had to shift to digital instruction. We will add these to our Remote Teaching Resources section as they are produced. My sincerest thanks to our hard-working developers, without whom we would not be able to do this.

Please don't hesitate to contact me via my contact page if you're aware of any external resources that you think would help remote teachers.

All the best,
JFF

Spotlight Resource

June 2, 2020: Today, we're directing your attention to three separate pieces our wonderful developers have put out recently:

  • First, check out our latest OWL Conversation, which gives a writing instructor's perspective on the recent shift to online instruction in the wake of COVID-19. This piece is the first submission (of hopefully many) from Garrett Colón.
  • Then, you might peruse Technology in the Writing Classroom, which describes the relationships between composition technologies and writing instruction and provides a variety of practical suggestions for teachers looking to adopt these technologies. This piece is written by veteran developer Rachel Atherton.
  • Finally, don't miss the most recent addition to our remote teaching resources: Discussion Forum Practices for Writing Classes, written by Johnay Hall (another first-timer)!

Past spotlight resources can be found here.

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