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Online Tutoring: Fixing the "Fix-it Shop" Mentality with Technology


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This is my presentation from the East Central Writing Centers Association Conference from 2008. It is a way of creating a cheaper and more effective way of interacting with Writing Center clients online rather than paying significant amounts of money to companies such as WC Online and so on.

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Online Tutoring: Fixing the "Fix-it Shop" Mentality with Technology

  1. 1. Writing Center Hacks: Tapping into the Possibilities of Freeware Casey McArdle Ball State University
  2. 2. Online Tutoring Cheap? User Friendly? Not just “Fix it” Audio & Video?
  3. 3. How do we re-create that face-to-face environment online? Image:
  4. 4. Writing Center costs: Software: $500 to $3,000 Subscription: $1000 a year Web Cam: $100 Microphone: $50 -------- alot
  5. 5. Student costs: Software: $500 to $3,000 Computer: $1,000 to $2,500 ----------- alot
  6. 6. Freeware: Software: $0 Computer: $0 Web Cam: $100 Microphone: $50 ----------- not so much
  7. 7. Expensiveware: Voice Thread WC Online Freeware: Google Docs, Google Talk Skype & Google Docs
  8. 8. Tutor’s View
  9. 9. Student’s View
  10. 10. Expensiveware & Freeware… WCOnline Scheduler Google Docs Google Talk or Skype