Aug 05 2006

Online Writing Labs

So any­way, I meant to post about those Online Writ­ing Labs (OWLs) that many col­leges have put online.

Their con­tents and qual­ity vary widely from one col­lege to the next. They’re intended to help stu­dents write their papers at what­ever time they get around to doing them, wher­ever they hap­pen to be. Good ones include online access to ref­er­ence tools such as dic­tio­nar­ies, the­sauruses, and gram­mar usage guides, a link to the school’s library, any for­mat­ting stan­dards estab­lished by his school in par­tic­u­lar, and some­times more spe­cific mate­r­ial depend­ing on the type of stu­dent expected to be using the OWL.

Unfor­tu­nately, some schools have slapped a list of links up on a set and called it an OWL. I won’t be rec­om­mend­ing any of those piti­ful lit­tle things.

Yes, it’s per­fectly fine for oth­ers to use these sites. They aren’t behind the school’s fire­walls, so they are a resource that has been gen­er­ously shared with the pub­lic. If you find one espe­cially help­ful, con­sider send­ing an email to the site’s authors/editors, thank­ing them for their efforts


Jul 06 2006

Today’s assignment

Tag:TechnoMom @ 16:05

Go watch Hans Rosling talk. You’ll need your sound on. If you ever need to give a pre­sen­ta­tion of any kind, it’s “how to do it” train­ing. You’ll enjoy it, and this is good stuff to know.