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Philosophical Approaches to  Writing Center Web Sites 2006 Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association Conference At Oreg...
Session Outline <ul><li>5 minute Writing Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>What am I talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Ba...
Writing Exercise: 5 minutes How has your web site developed over time? Or, if you don't have a web site: What does your id...
What am I talking about? <ul><li>Professional web designer since 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Web site must have a guiding philo...
My Background <ul><li>Joined Writing Center staff as web site manager in Fall 2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>oversight of web ...
Web Site Management Philosophy <ul><li>Web site management before my hire... </li></ul><ul><li>Old (Fall 2002 - Summer 200...
Web Site Management Philosophy <ul><li>New (Fall 2005 - Present) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision: web site should be a tool...
Impact <ul><li>Old Philosophy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Centralized web site work through a single person, but also made makin...
Transitions Between Philosophies <ul><li>Why did the amount of content drop? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not sure: switched both...
Food for Thought <ul><li>What are the ethical issues surrounding web sites, particularly providing scheduling information ...
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Philosophical Approaches to Writing Center Web Sites

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A presentation given at the 2006 Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association conference on philosophical approaches to writing center web sites. This deck complements a facilitated discussion on the topic.

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Philosophical Approaches to Writing Center Web Sites

  1. 1. Philosophical Approaches to Writing Center Web Sites 2006 Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association Conference At Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR Presented by Peter Ellis Web Site Manager/Writing Tutor The Evergreen State College Writing Center
  2. 2. Session Outline <ul><li>5 minute Writing Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>What am I talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Background </li></ul><ul><li>Web Site Philosophy of Evergreen's Writing Center </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration Discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Writing Exercise: 5 minutes How has your web site developed over time? Or, if you don't have a web site: What does your ideal web site look like?
  4. 4. What am I talking about? <ul><li>Professional web designer since 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Web site must have a guiding philosophy separate from the operational philosophy of the Center </li></ul><ul><li>But what is a web site philosophy? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encompasses management method, overall “message” of the web site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Site should actively reinforce the Center's operational philosophy. </li></ul>
  5. 5. My Background <ul><li>Joined Writing Center staff as web site manager in Fall 2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>oversight of web site content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>liaison to Campus Web Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formulating philosophy for the web site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinating web site meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hired as tutor, Fall 2003 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Web Site Management Philosophy <ul><li>Web site management before my hire... </li></ul><ul><li>Old (Fall 2002 - Summer 2005) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web site manager controls all content, layout, full autonomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meets weekly with Writing Center director </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Web Site Management Philosophy <ul><li>New (Fall 2005 - Present) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision: web site should be a tool used and developed by the tutors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web site manager as “editor” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutors provide content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting directly with tutors </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Impact <ul><li>Old Philosophy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Centralized web site work through a single person, but also made making changes somewhat harder </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New Philosophy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decentralized content creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced the amount of content being generated/revised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased slightly the number of new content ideas </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Transitions Between Philosophies <ul><li>Why did the amount of content drop? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not sure: switched both philosophies and people responsible for web site oversight at the same time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Possible combination of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web site content being “intimidating” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We do not tutor online </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Food for Thought <ul><li>What are the ethical issues surrounding web sites, particularly providing scheduling information or tutor backgrounds online? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you bridge the gap between online and in-person interactions with writers? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you effectively support faculty, staff, and students via the web? </li></ul><ul><li>Why would maintaining a web site have a negative impact on the Center's operations and philosophy? </li></ul>

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