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  • Explain OWL Assignment and give module definition (a structured tutorial…) Staffed by graduate students who provide customer support and technical support. Office hours: 1604, BB 04.02.36, Friday 1 pm to 2 pm or by appointment
  • Every student for the OWL Assignment will take the Initial Assessment. There are no initial assessments for the supplemental module.
  • Every student for the OWL Assignment will take the Initial Assessment. There are no initial assessments for the supplemental module.
  • Each of the four initial assessments might only take you about 20 minutes to complete, but you have 45 minutes for each section. Students last semester took on average less than 45 minutes to complete each assigned module. There are no time limits on modules and you can start and stop at your own pace. Each Completion Assessment section will take about 15 minutes to complete, but you have 25 minutes for each section. Warning: You can take breaks BETWEEN assessments, but don’t start an assessment and walk-away – the assessment will eventually time-out and you will be locked out from that assessment section.
  • Go to Click on ‘Quick Links’ and get a drop down menu. Click on ‘WebCT’.
  • Type in your WebCT ID and Password. Your WebCT ID is usually your first initial plus your last name. Your Password is your Banner ID; start the Banner ID with the @ sign.
  • Please read the text on this page before clicking on the school house to enter.
  • The Table of Contents will be shown later in the presentation.
  • The ‘Course Menu’ is important for viewing grades and posting email to Prof. OWL.
  • If you are not ready to take the quiz, then click on the “Exit” button – this will take you back to the module If you are ready to take the quiz, then click on the “Begin Quiz” button
  • You cannot continue until you have clicked ‘Ok’. Do not click anywhere else.
  • OWL Staff members do not give credit. Dr. Wilson/J.R. (or Dr. Leffel and Lisa) will handle grading. We just provide a list of assessment grades and completion.
  • All four initial assessments. Each assigned module. Each assigned completion (post) assessment. Work at your own pace, but don’t wait until the last minute. Consult your syllabus for the due date.
  • Online Writing Lab (OWL)

    1. 1. OWL Online Writing Lab MGT 3003, Business Communications & Professional Development
    2. 2. <ul><li>To provide UTSA business students resources and instruction to develop and improve their writing and communication skills. </li></ul>OWL Mission Statement
    3. 3. <ul><ul><li>Web CT-based Online Writing Lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Automated Testing & Instructional Technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-Test, Study Module, and Post-Test Innovation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Offices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1604 (Main), BB 03.03.05 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By appointment – make requests through Web CT </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>What is the OWL?
    4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Executive Daily Communication - 90% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading, Writing, Speaking, & Listening </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication skills are the #1 requirement for leadership success. </li></ul></ul>Why the OWL Assignment?
    5. 5. OWL Modules Four Core Study Modules Six Supplemental Modules
    6. 6. Three Step Core Module Success
    7. 7. Core Initial Assessment <ul><ul><li>Everyone Takes the Initial Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate Skill Levels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete Four Separate Quizzes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Composition </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mechanics </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Style </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Core Study Modules <ul><ul><li>Complete Corresponding Module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Composition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mechanics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Core Post Assessments <ul><ul><li>Everyone Takes the Post Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Once the Study Module is Completed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate Skill Levels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete Four Separate Quizzes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Composition </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mechanics </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Style </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Time Dedication <ul><ul><li>Initial Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time limited </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>25 minute maximum each section </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time unlimited </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately 1 to 1½ hours for each module </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time limited </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>25 minute maximum each section </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. About the Assessments… <ul><li>Initial Assessments and Post </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments can only be taken once </li></ul><ul><li>You may return to the study modules </li></ul><ul><li>as often as you like </li></ul>
    12. 12. Supplemental Modules <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete Supplemental Modules </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Report Module </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation Module </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Résumé Module </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cover Letter Module </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Email module </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Citation Module </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 17. Navigation <ul><li>Course Menu drop down </li></ul><ul><li>Breadcrumbs </li></ul><ul><li>Icons </li></ul><ul><li>Table of Contents – Within the course content page </li></ul>
    14. 28. Exclusive to the Post Assessment
    15. 33. Core OWL Modules vs. Supplemental Modules <ul><li>Core OWL Assignment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial Assessment, Core Study Modules, and Post Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When possible, complete the Core Study Modules first to assist with the Supplemental Modules </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supplemental Modules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not have Initial Assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complement other MGT 3003 Assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refer to your syllabus to see if this may be a requirement </li></ul></ul>
    16. 35. Success Tips <ul><li>Use Internet Explorer </li></ul><ul><li>Plan Ahead </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Syllabus </li></ul><ul><li>Read all Instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Stop Once Assessment has </li></ul><ul><li>Started </li></ul><ul><li>Use Table of Contents, </li></ul><ul><li>Breadcrumbs, Course Menu drop down menu, & Icons </li></ul><ul><li>Contact OWL for Assistance </li></ul>
    17. 36. Summary <ul><ul><li>Initial Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Core Study Modules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplemental Modules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consult your syllabus to see exact Deadlines </li></ul></ul>
    18. 37. Contact Information <ul><li>RA Professor OWL: Stephen Sperber </li></ul><ul><li>Email: Email through Web CT </li></ul><ul><li>Office Hours: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1604 (Main), BB 03.03.05 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By appointment </li></ul></ul>