Technology and Student Learning in the Writing Center: The Writing Center as a Technology Steward

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As the Kaplan University Writing Center (KUWC) proudly looks forward to celebrating a decade of service to students and faculty in the upcoming year, we also glance back and consider how the KUWC has evolved in our use of educational technologies. During this panel presentation, KUWC tutors will reflect on our use of technologies in four key areas of writing center work: asynchronous project review, synchronous writing support, outreach and community building, and resource development. Specifically, we will talk about our strategic, research-driven movement from traditional, written only paper previews to video reviews, experiences with synchronous tutoring platforms and technologies, including the current use of Adobe Connect, expanded outreach and community building through social media and blogging, and ongoing development of multi-media resources. We will situate our presentation on our careful “stewardship of technology” (Wenger, White, & Smith, 2009; Ozias & Chambers, n.d.). We expect our presentation to be informative and engaging for all writing center staff, especially tutors and administrators who are interested in adapting technologies to their writing center work, exploring synchronous tutoring opportunities, utilizing social media tools, personalizing asynchronous tutoring, and creating timely multi-media resources.

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Amy Sexton, Kaplan University, USA
Lisa Gerardy, Kaplan University, USA
Molly Starkweather, Kaplan University, USA
Chrissine Rios, Kaplan University Writing Center, Kaplan University, USA
Kyle Harley, Kaplan University Writing Center, Kaplan University, USA
Melody Pickle, Kaplan University Writing Center, Kaplan University, USA

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