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Online Writing Lab presented by Excelsior College

The Excelsior College OWL is a free, comprehensive writing resource offering multimedia support. The OWL covers topics such as the writing process, documentation, grammar, critical thinking, and more. 

The Locating Information & Writing with Sources area shares information on finding and incorporating sourses while developing a strong writing process for research essays....

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Tiffany Akin
Tiffany Akin (Faculty)
4 years ago
This site is very strong, but for community college freshmen I worry that the amount of writing on each page would be a deterrent to really digging into the material. They are generally averse to reading so when a page visually appears to be full of text they may move on or shut down. There was a video within The Writing Process tab with good information, but the voice sounded almost bored with itself which kept the material from becoming enticing.
Martella Nelson
Martella Nelson (Faculty)
8 years ago

This is the best interactive English resource that I have found; it appeals to different learning modalities, especially 21st century learners who expect technological learning activities. It is an excellent supplemental resource for my English 101 course, for many of my students do not fully synthesize the textbook. The layout is user friendly.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Bethany de Barros
8 years ago

In 2013, the ESL-WOW portion of Excelsior's OWL won the NUTN (National Univeristy Technology Network) Distance Education Innovation Award.  Again in 2014, the OWL was honored with the NUTN Distance Education Innovation Award, this time, the entir OWL was honored.

Excelsior's OWL is being integrated into curriculum at colleges around the country including Valencia College in Orlando Florida and Sand Diego Mesa College in California.  At Excelsior, it is being used instead of a book in a lower-level English course, saving students money.

Used in course? Yes