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The University Writing Center (UWC) quickly adapted to change by expanding its accessibility when faced with the challenges of COVID-19. During the summer semester, UWC transitioned to an online format for students. The online initiative includes an online paper review option through a CourseDen dropbox and video sessions with one of the UWC consultants.

“With COVID and everything happening, we really had the opportunity and needed to take the opportunity, of course, to really be available to students more broadly,” said UWC Coordinator Duane Theobald. “I think despite the chaos that COVID has caused, despite the frustrations and the difficulties, it’s been a really good thing for the center because we have been able to better serve students where they are.”

The asynchronous paper review was notably convenient during the summer of 2020, where many students utilized the service more than ever before. UWC saw their summer numbers nearly double from the summer of 2019 through to the summer of 2020. The online resource remains fairly successful during the current fall semester. 

“We were not seeing nearly as many students as we had in previous semesters, but we’re also not existing in a normal environment,” said Theobald. “I’m of the mindset—and I have been for a long time— that numbers are important, but the work that we do with students is more important by making those connections and really providing good service. 

“My goal for the center is to still be here for the students and to still be doing all the good work we’ve been doing for all the years we’ve been here,” continued Theobald. “To continue making students aware that there are supports here for them to help them succeed, thrive and grow.”

To read the full article, visit: http://thewestgeorgian.com/uwgs-writing-center-adapts-to-the-pandemic/

Photo: Alma Beauvais, The West Georgian

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