As online students at CLS, you are probably familiar with some of our efforts to ensure you receive the best learning experience possible (and if you’re not, head on over to these posts about our partnership with lynda.com, our transition from Desire2Learn to Canvas and the benefits of being a Sooner). One resource you might not be as well acquainted with, however, is the online resources from the university Writing Center.

Although the OU Writing Center provides on-campus resources for students looking for help flexing their writing chops, they also have many options available for distance learners working far from the university. Here is a quick list of some of the most valuable online resources available free for CLS students. 

Online consultations via submission

Just because you’re far away doesn’t mean you can’t have someone review your work. The OU Writing Center makes an online submission form available to all OU students.

Students can submit up to 3,000 words three times per week and expect to receive thoughtful, intentional and useful feedback about their writing. All you have to do is follow the link above and answer a few questions about yourself to begin.

Online consultations in real-time

Online writing submissions are not limited to the submission option above. Students can also request an online consultation in which Writing Center consultants work with writers in real time. These consultations are given on a case-by-case basis, and are available in several formats to accommodate the needs of each student.

“We work through whatever platform is convenient and available for writers, including Skype, Google+, Zoom and other platforms,” explained Moira Ozias, Associate Director for the Center.

Writing Guides

In addition to the consultations, the Writing Center also has several writing guides you can use as a starting point for your written assignments. The guides cover several topics, from constructing an outline to planning a research project, and they can be used at any stage of the writing process.

Going social

Finally, the Writing Center encourages all OU writers to connect with them via their Facebook and Twitter pages. They use both to post links to writing resources, share information about the various ways they can offer support and even answer quick questions in real time. A bonus: These pages are also a great way to connect with the larger community of writers at OU—we have more than you might expect!

The Writing Center’s goal is to help you learn something about writing you can use in the future. How you choose to learn is up to you.

Mary Wuestewald
Mary Wuestewald specializes in digital and content marketing at OU Outreach. In 2015, she earned a master's degree in Strategic Communication from OU’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She currently contributes to Insight magazine, the CLS blog and CLS social media efforts.

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