TOC for Writing Lab Newsletter, Sept/Oct 2013 availableSep 23rd, 2013 | By IWCA Web Editor | Category: Publications
The Sept/Oct. 2013 issue of the Writing Lab Newsletter (https://writinglabnewsletter.org)
This issue contains articles about the following: a new and free software program to help writing centers develop their own multi-media presentations for tutor training and other uses; the changing demographic among students; a collaborative program that teaches information literacy; and a tutor’s essay on working with student writers experiencing cognitive overload.
To train tutors using multimodal tutorials, Brad Hughes and Melissa Tedrowe offer their free software program for your use. It allows your experienced tutors to hone their skills by helping to develop the content and presentation. As the number of non-native English speakers seeking tutorials continues to rise, John Hall provides much-needed statistics and discusses the impact of this population on writing center work. As Hall points out, the long-term impact of this growing population will affect both the identity and mission of writing centers, so it’s necessary to think about resources writing centers will need. Another group who seek writing center assistance are students writing research papers. To help them acquire better information literacy skills, Carolyn White Gamtso and colleagues describe the cross-departmental partnership they developed. Their program brings together librarians, First Year Composition instructors, and writing tutors to help student writers become competent researchers. Finally, Bernardo Feitosa shares with other tutors his insights into recognizing and working with students dealing with cognitive overload as they write. Feitosa invites other tutors to contact him and continue this discussion.
The Nov/Dec. 2013 issue of WLN will focus more tightly on issues related to working with students whose first language is not English.
Table of Contents
• Introducing Case Scenario/Critical Reader Builder: Creating Computer Simulations to Use in Tutor Education
By Bradley Hughes and Melissa Tedrowe
• The Impact of Rising International Student Usage of Writing Centers
By John Hall
• Research Mentoring: Expanding the Role of Writing Tutors
By Carolyn White Gamtso, Rachel Blair Vogt, Nicole Chartier, GailFensom, Natalie Glisson, Jennifer Jefferson, and Dorothy Sherman
• Tutor’s Column: “From Cognitive ‘Loading…’ to ‘Overload!’”
By Bernardo Feitosa
• Calendar for Writing Center Association Conferences