Tutoring Writing in the Disciplines

 

This project, which required a subscription to the WCONLINE platform, provided both face-to-face and online peer tutoring opportunities for student writers in the disciplines. The tool is an essential piece for enabling not only online tutoring (synchronous and asynchronous), but also for collecting data on appointments, student users, session notes, etc. that allows for assessment and innovation of the TWID program. The academic units partnering with TWID during the pilot included Sociology, Neuroscience, Earth & Environment, Biomedical Engineering, and History of Art & Architecture. The pilot was successfully completed in Fall 2022 and the TWID program continues after expanding to also include Classical Studies, History, Philosophy, and World Languages & Literature, with more partnerships underway.

The writing tutors assume important mentoring roles and develop projects that assess the program and communicate their learning about writing in their disciplines. Two examples of these projects from the initial group of writing tutors include the above posters that were initially displayed at Boston University’s Learning Assistance Poster Event on Friday, April 26, 2019, in SCI B23. This event highlights the work of the BU Learning Assistants and promotes and celebrates their projects. It was organized by the Director of the LA Program, Prof. Kathryn Spilios, Senior Lecturer in Biology, who kindly invited students from the WR 597 course to share their posters, as well. Both the LAs and the TWID writing tutors are peers, who receive training in order to provide important disciplinary assistance to fellow students.

BU students Juan Fernandez and Filipa Costa during a 2022 tutoring session.

The TWID students, in particular, demonstrated through their posters the learning they experienced as discipline-based writing tutors, the kinds of assistance that they provided to fellow students in their majors, as well as recommendations for enhancing the TWID program.

The TWID program has been a critical means of supporting the broader mission of Writing in the Disciplines, which aims to enhance writing and writing support throughout BU students’ undergraduate experience. For further information about the TWID program or Writing in the Disciplines, please contact David Shawn, Associate Director for Writing in the Disciplines at dshawn@bu.edu or wid@bu.edu.

 

Project Team

BU Digital Learning & Innovation

David Shawn

Project Team

David Shawn is the Associate Director of Writing in the Disciplines and a Master Lecturer in the CAS Writing Program. Formerly, David held the position of CAS Writing Center Coordinator, managing a diverse staff of undergraduate peer writing consultants, graduate students, and ESL specialists. David

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