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Writing Lab Annual Reports

The Writing Lab's annual report contains information and statistics about Writing Lab and Online Writing Lab (OWL) use, clients, special projects, and research in a given academic year.

A brief snapshot of the current year's report is below, but you can also download the complete 2017-2018 annual report as a PDF. Copies of past reports, the Writing Lab's strategic plan, and annual English as a Second Language (ESL) reports can also be found below.

2017-2018 Summary

The Purdue Writing Lab Annual Report for May 15, 2017 to May 5, 2018 describes the Lab’s services, users, staff responsibilities, research, and engagement. The Writing Lab and its 20 graduate and 56 undergraduate tutors served the Purdue West Lafayette campus at Heavilon Hall and three satellites around campus. These locations were used 6,205 times—an increase of 8.5% over the preceding year—by 2,256 individual clients for one-to-one tutorials. Writing Lab Workshops, Lab Tours, and Conversation Groups consisted of 985 sessions. Just over seventy percent of total visits were from international students representing more than 50 countries. The Lab also maintained Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) website, which served 515,179,143 pageviews worldwide, a 25.4% increase from the preceding year. The Writing Lab expanded services to multilingual writers, support for faculty across the disciplines, and continued outreach to all university writers. Writing Lab staff were involved in 11 conference presentations and 3 publications this year.

Here is a brief summary listing the numbers of consultations and other services provided over the past year.

Heavilon Hall Writing Lab

Number of total visits: 5,980 visits (up 7%)

ESL Conversation Groups: 823 visits (down 5%)

In-Lab/In-Class Workshops: 23 workshops (more than double the 2016-2017 count)

Remote lab tours: 5 sessions

In-lab tours for ICaP classes: 129 sessions

Mechanical Engineering Building Satellite Lab

One-to-one consultations: 78 sessions

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Library Satellite Writing Lab

One-to-one consultations: 46 sessions

Latino Cultural Center Satellite Writing Lab

One-to-one consultations: 17 sessions

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Satellite Writing Lab

One-to-one consultations: 30 sessions

Online Consultations

The Writing Lab has offered two kinds of virtual tutoring since summer 2016: e-tutoring (asynchronous) and online tutoring (synchronous). During the 2017-2018 academic year, these options were offered by 34 of 76 tutors. These tutors provided 1,392 total digital consultations—1,250 e-tutoring sessions and 142 online sessions—accounting for 23.3% of the Heavilon Hall sessions. Virtual consultations are not offered at the evening satellite locations. We have plans to provide additional tutor training for virtual consultations, so we can increase availability for Writing Lab clients who might benefit from remote tutoring.

Online Writing Lab

The Purdue OWL provides static and video-based content on general and discipline-specific writing. In 2017-2018, the OWL served 515,179,143 pageviews, a 25.4% increase from theprevious year. The Purdue OWL has seen a steady upward trend in its usage over the past decade. Should this trend continue, the OWL is on pace to exceed a billion pageviews by 2020. The OWL serves writers globally. Outside of the United States, the highest number of pageviews come from Canada, China, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. The OWL pages on APA and MLA citation remain the most highly used; other popular topics include grammar and ESL writing, professional writing and business writing, avoiding plagiarism, and the writing process. The OWL’s PowerPoint presentations are also very popular.

The OWL also supports a YouTube channel with 58 vidcasts. The OWL’s YouTube channel has 15,955 subscribers, a 25% increase from last year. Vidcast topics include citation styles, writing strategies, grammatical concepts, job search documents and applications, writing in Engineering, rhetorical concepts, ESL writing, and preparing for successful Writing Lab visits. Video development on the OWL’s YouTube channel has been a key piece in the OWL’s developing approach to accessibility, and all videos on the YouTube channel include closed captioning. The OWL is exploring options for audio description, which would provide blind or low vision users with a voiceover describing visuals. New accessibility initiatives include testing OWL pages for screen reader compatibility, evaluating the site for compliance with web accessibility standards, and posting a web accessibility statement (currently in progress) that would set the OWL’s policy and goals for accessibility and encourage users to provide feedback. The OWL staff is exploring additional ways to incorporate user testing into our accessibility efforts.

Previous Years' Annual Reports

2016-17 Annual Report (PDF)

2015-16 Annual Report (PDF)

2014-2015 Annual Report (PDF)

2013-2014 Annual Report (PDF)

2012-2013 Annual Report (PDF)

2011-2012 Annual Report (PDF)

2010-2011 Annual Report (PDF)

2009-2010 Annual Report (PDF)

2008-2009 Annual Report (PDF)

2007-2008 Annual Report (PDF)

2006-2007 Annual Report (PDF)

2005-2006 Annual Report. (PDF)

2004-2005 Annual Report (PDF)

2003-2004 Annual Report (PDF)

2002-2003 Annual Report (PDF)

2001-2002 Annual Report (PDF)

2000-2001 Annual Report (PDF)

1999-2000 Annual Report (PDF)

1998-1999 Annual Report (PDF)

1997-1998 Annual Report (PDF)

1996-1997 Annual Report (PDF)

1995-1996 Annual Report (PDF)

1994-1995 Annual Report (PDF)

1993-1994 Annual Report (PDF)

1997-1992 Annual Report (PDF)

1990-1991 Annual Report (PDF)

Summer 1993 Report (PDF)

Summer 1992 Report (PDF)

Summer 1991 Report (PDF)

1978 Annual Report (PDF)

1977 Annual Report (PDF)

Writing Lab Strategic Plan

The Writing Lab completed a strategic plan in 2014, which connects the goals outlined in our mission statement to specific activities and plans.

ESL & Online Writing Lab (OWL) Reports

ESL Reports

2016-2017 ESL Report (PDF)

2015-2016 ESL Report (PDF)

2014-2015 ESL Report (PDF)

2013-2014 ESL Report (PDF)

2012-2013 ESL Report (PDF)

OWL Reports

1997-1998 Purdue OWL Report (PDF)

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Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Visit us in Heavilon Hall 226, Purdue University, West Lafayette campus.

Schedule a tutoring appointment at any location with our online scheduler.

Phone: 765-494-3723

Fall 2018 Hours
Heavilon 226
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Satellite Locations and Hours

Fall 2018

HSSE Library - Collaborative Study Center (CSC)*
Monday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Asian American and Asian Resource and Culture Center (AACC)*
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mechanical Engineering (ME)*
Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Appointments required at all locations.

*Same-day appointments only. Spaces released at 5:00PM each day.