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    1. 1. Writing Center/Library Collaboration for Student Achievement by Julie Poole and Andrea Stanfield COMO - October 17, 2008
    2. 2. Objectives - Briefly report on previous developments in this area of study -  Discuss advantages/challenges of writing center/library collaborations - Discuss how to measure outcomes quantitatively in terms of student retention, return of investment, student success - Brainstorm best practices and ideas for an immediately usable collaboration format/workshop/etc.   - Discuss possibilities for sharing past and current collaborations and outcomes
    3. 3. Previous Developments & Collaborations <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows opportunity for presence at one another’s meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Referrals are easier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to share resources – handouts and computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing virtual space </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d)   Sharing Space – Examples Mount Union College Information & Literacy Center – Information Literacy Studio University of Kansas – Writing Center Satellites Eastern Michigan University – Academic Projects Center
    5. 5. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d) <ul><li>Cross-training </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensuring knowledge of purposes and goals of each department </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating consistency in services provided by and between departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutor-training often focuses on interaction with students which may help with referrals </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d) Cross-training – Examples Colorado College – Librarian trained as writing tutor works regularly in writing center. University of New Hampshire at Manchester – Effort to ensure peer tutors understood basics of academic research and information literacy (White & Pobywajilo) Georgia Perimeter College/Lawrenceville – Librarians and library staff attended Learning & Tutoring Center training
    7. 7. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d) <ul><li>Providing Joint Services </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presenting collaborative workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working in classrooms with writing lab staff, instructors, and librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing handouts and making referrals </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d) <ul><li>Providing Joint Services - Examples </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Washington, Bothell - A decade of collaboration (Leadley & Rosenberg) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rutgers - Presenting research & writing as a &quot;single, interlocking process&quot; (Tipton & Bender) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Louisville - Librarians as instructional consultants (Yohannes & Johnson article) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Advantages of working together <ul><li>Keeps Library & Writing Center </li></ul><ul><li>Visible and Relevant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presents team-player image to administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases collaboration with faculty for both departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases status/stature of writing center and library professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides opportunity to share resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates seamless delivery of services – “One Stop Shop” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>    </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Advantages of working together (cont’d) <ul><li>Promotes Student Success & Retention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar pedagogy between units leads to more active learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar pedagogy lends itself to working toward same goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives librarians and writing tutors understanding of where their pedagogy & goals crossover , making it easier to help students see the big picture and &quot;seek meaning rather than the right answer&quot; (Hook)  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Collaboration between departments creates a learning community for students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Collaborative efforts can create ways to reach at-risk and non-traditional students , which promotes student retention </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Challenges of working together <ul><ul><li>Inconsistencies w/technologies, missions, goals  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Tutors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time restraints and work load </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Challenges of working together         (cont'd) <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographical distance if not part of a learning commons model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of administrative support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If collaboration is not embedded as part of both departments, the collaboration may be fleeting at best (Currie & Eodice) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Measuring Outcomes <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades / passing standardized writing tests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-class assessments such as the one minute paper, muddiest point, etc. (Stewart) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvement of grades/writing skills (must include faculty/course instructors in evaluative process) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Sharing of assessment outcomes with students to show them their own successes/failures </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Brainstorming Session <ul><ul><li>Have you collaborated with your writing center? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What assessment methods do you use to assess writing and research skills? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What types of collaborations seem the most feasible? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What types of collaborations seem to be the most helpful for students? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability - what efforts can be made to ensure continuation of collaboration after key players move on? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there artificial academic boundaries created within institutions (budgets, departments, other)?  If so, how can they be removed or blurred?  Are there any boundaries that are necessary to maintain?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can faculty be a part of this collaboration?  Is it possible to collaborate effectively without faculty involvement? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it better to implement these types of projects from the bottom up or from the top down? </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Ongoing Project <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities for sharing: </li></ul><ul><li>Working Bibliography – add citations/links to it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki, google pages, google groups, listserv, blog, facebook, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which would you prefer?? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    16. 16. Questions?? <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Anything else you would like to add or see us add to the presentation? Anything we missed? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Please contact us if you have any questions or comments. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>THANK YOU FOR COMING! </li></ul>