The Online Tutor as
Cross-Curricular Double Agent

The OWL and Epistemological Space

The graphic above attempts to depict the space within which an OWL tutoring conference takes place. Most of the composition faculty embrace Social Epistemic Rhetoric and have trained the tutors accordingly. However, some composition faculty and most of the rest of the faculty subscribe to notions about knowledge (student knowledge in particular) which are more closely aligned with Current Traditional Rhetoric. Consequently, the tutors regularly face requests and expectations which are more about correcting texts than they are about helping students become writers.