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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 2018-2019 annual report as a PDF. Copies of past reports and annual English as a Second Language (ESL) reports can also be found below.

2018-2019 Summary

The Purdue Writing Lab’s annual report for May 15, 2018 to May 5, 2019 provides a summary of the services, research, engagement, staffing, and users for the Lab. The Writing Lab and its staff of 26 graduate and 50 undergraduate tutors served the Purdue West Lafayette campus at Heavilon Hall and three satellite locations around campus. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6,228 tutoring appointments were made by 2,329 clients. Just around 69 percent of total visits were from international students representing over 50 countries. The Writing Lab also maintained and upgraded the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) website, which saw 259,000,002 pageviews worldwide. The Writing Lab also continued to expand its services for multilingual writers, support for faculty across the disciplines, and outreach to all university writers. Writing Lab staff were involved in 13 conference presentations and 5 peer-reviewed 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: 5,911 visits (down 1.1%)
  • ESL Conversation Groups: 606 visits (down 26.4%)
  • In-Lab/In-Class Workshops: 19 workshops (down 17.4%)
  • Remote lab tours: 35 sessions (seven times the 2017-2018 count)
  • In-lab tours for ICaP classes: 88 sessions

Mechanical Engineering Building Satellite Lab

  • One-to-one consultations: 113 sessions (up 44.9%)

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Library Satellite Writing Lab

  • One-to-one consultations: 76 sessions (up 65.2%)

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Satellite Writing Lab

  • One-to-one consultations: 77 sessions (more than double the 2017-2018 count)

Online Consultations

The Writing Lab has offered two kinds of virtual tutoring since summer 2016: e-tutoring (asynchronous) and online tutoring (synchronous). During the 2018-2019 academic year, these options were offered by 19 of 76 tutors. These tutors provided 1,484 total digital consultations—1,365 e-tutoring sessions and 119 online sessions—accounting for 25.1% of the Heavilon Hall sessions. Virtual consultations are not offered at the evening satellite locations.

Online Writing Lab

The Purdue OWL provides static and video-based content on general and discipline-specific writing. In general, the Purdue OWL has seen a steady upward trend in its traffic over the years. However, this growth was interrupted during the 2018-2019 year by the migration of the OWL to a new URL and a site redesign. In 2018-2019, the OWL served 259,000,002 pageviews compared to 515,179,143 pageviews in 2017-2018. While this might appear to be a steep decline, we believe the drop is mainly attributable to the site migration. This migration not only led to a significant traffic dip as the OWL’s users updated old bookmarks and reworked their classroom resources to the reflect the new site, but also caused the site’s non-human “bot” traffic to temporarily dip.

The months following the site migration saw the OWL’s traffic gradually recover. The month-by-month upward traffic trend during the Fall 2018 semester and the uninterrupted growth of subscribership on the OWL’s YouTube channel suggests that as the OWL re-attains its former traffic figures, the site is still on pace to exceed a billion yearly pageviews by the early 2020s.

The OWL also supports a YouTube channel with 65 vidcasts. The OWL’s YouTube channel has 20,320 subscribers, a 27% increase from last year (see Appendix E). 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.

Previous Years' Annual Reports

ESL & Online Writing Lab (OWL) Reports

ESL Reports

OWL Reports

Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Schedule a tutoring appointment at any location or register for our group programs with our online scheduler.

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Virtual Hours (Fall 2020)

Monday-Friday 9:00am - 9:00pm

Contact us

Phone: (765) 494-3723
Fax: (765) 494-3780

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