OWLs allow writing centers to extend their services over
space and time
Consider some examples:
- OWLs give part-time students with
full-time jobs an
opportunity to access services that might otherwise be closed by the
time they got off work. This was perhaps one of the first potential
benefits discovered by writing center practitioners. Joyce Kinkead
commented on this benefit in "The Electronic Writing Tutor" (The
Writing Lab Newsletter, December, 1988).
- Using MOO technology, undergraduates from Tennessee could interact
with graduate student tutors
from Arkansas. In the CyberTutor Project,
Jennifer Jordan-Henley and Barry Maid explain how this worked.
OWLs might be especially useful, therefore, at
decentralized sites where students might be required to travel
significant distances in order to reach a walk-in writing center, or at
sites where tutors may be hard to come by.
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