Author: OWL Contributor

Flipping Student Expectations with the OWL

by Eileen Hart Deciding to use the Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL) as an Open Educational Resource (OER) involves abandoning the comfortable confines of a structured textbook to explore the wide-open possibilities of a well-designed online resource. I began using the OWL,...

Reading, Breathing, Writing, Working: Peace in the Air

by Judi Salsburg Taylor The connection between reading and writing is akin to the link between breath and air.  Unless we are consciously noticing our breathing—for example, when swimming underwater, meditating, or outmaneuvering the hiccups—most of us aren’t paying attention to it.  It’s...

OER: Coming Soon to a Course Near You?

by Brian Newberry, PhD What Is an OER? Open Education Resources (OER) are being adopted, and created, at an increasing rate. Some colleges are creating entire degree or certificate programs based on the use of OER. Yet, there is still confusion about what...

The Growing Demand for Professional and Technical Writing

by Dr. Joseph Bocchi The market for graduates with a professional and technical writing credential is well-documented. O*Net projects that technical writing jobs will grow faster in 2012-2022 than average (15% to 20%) with 50,000 employees and 22,600 job openings (2015). The U.S. Department...