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WriteAway Update 
Summer 2016 

WriteAway: New Institutions Welcome!


WriteAway supports undergraduate writers across British Columbia. In the past year, students from 15 polytechnic institutes, regional universities, rural and urban colleges, and research universities have received feedback on more than 3,000 assignments.


Members of WriteAway's collaborative consortia can extend their existing in-house writing services by offering students access to an average of 75 weekly online tutoring hours. Participating in WriteAway also saves institutions significant time and money: the WriteAway Administration Centre provides training, evaluation, and support for institutional coordinators and tutors, while consortia-licensing of the eTutoring platform software allows members to save between 66-86% of the cost of individually licensing online tutoring software.


Now is a great time to join WriteAway! For more information, please contact waoffice@eln.bc.ca

What students are saying...

Students appreciate and benefit from the responses tutors provide. Here is some of feedback from students who submitted assignments to WriteAway this May and June:  
  • "Great suggestions. I feel I have improved greatly and now recognize areas that need work. Thank you." ( Thompson Rivers University Learner)

  • "Amazing! [The tutor] was extremely helpful! His feedback and tips were very useful. I will definitely use this service in the future. Thanks!" (Douglas College Learner)
  • "It was encouraging and helpful. I wanna come back for more!" (Langara College Learner)

BC Writing Centre Directors' Day Out
by David Grant  (CC BY-NC 2.0) 

On April 29, WriteAway tutor Robyn Long and WriteAway coordinator Megan Robertson joined the BC Writing Centre Directors' Day Out hosted by Amanda Goldrick-Jones and Renée McCallum at W.A.C. Bennett Library at Simon Fraser University. An eventful day of discussion saw writing centre directors and staff from Camosun College, Capilano University, Douglas College, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, North Island College, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, University of Victoria, and Vancouver Island University share in productive and engaging sessions on training peer tutors, tutor-to-tutor mentoring, and training online tutors.
WriteAway at the Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference
Click the image above to see the poster "Better Together: Interorganizational Collaboration in Online Writing Instruction"

Members of the WriteAway community participated in presentation, poster, and panel sessions at the 2016 Canadian Wri ting Centres Association Conference held at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, May 26-27. Collaborations with colleagues from eTutor Alberta included tutors, institutional coordinators, and project coordinators sharing their experiences with online writing labs (see picture below), and a research poster on how WriteAway and eTutor Alberta benefit one another through consortial collaboration.



CWCA Panel
"Collaboration & Choice - Insights from Alberta and British Columbia OWLs" Panel photo by Lyn Benn

L to R: Mikka Jacobsen (former WriteAway tutor and current eTutor Alberta tutor), Nancy Squair (Douglas College WriteAway Institutional Coordinator), Beth Gripping (eTutor Alberta Coordinator), Amanda Goldrick-Jones (Simon Fraser University WriteAway Institutional Coordinator), Andrew Derksen (Lethbridge College eTutor Alberta Institutional Coordinator), Megan Robertson (WriteAway Coordinator)
2015 WriteAway Actions & Achievements Report Now Available


Over the past year, WriteAway has seen steady growth in the number of institutions, number of tutors, and number of students making use of the service. To learn more about WriteAway's successes in 2015, download the 2015 Actions & Achievements Report.

Funding Received for 2016/17


WriteAway has received funding for the 2016/17 year from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. As WriteAway moves towards becoming a self-sustaining service through partner institution support, this funding is essential to ensure the service runs without interruption.


Want to be featured in an upcoming WriteAway Update?

Share your WriteAway experience! Do you know a student, a tutor, an institutional coordinator, or an instructor who has a story about WriteAway? We want to hear from you! Contact the WriteAway Administrative Centre ( waoffice@eln.bc.ca) to be featured in the next issue of the WriteAway Update.
Funding and support for this initiative is provided by BCcampus,
the BC Electronic Library Network, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC.
If you would like to learn more about WriteAway, please visit writeaway.ca or contact the WriteAway Administrative Centre