Author: OWL Contributor

Reading for College Success! Using the ORC for an English for Speakers of Other Languages Intermediate Reading Course

by Christie Allred The more I use OER’s (open educational resources), the more I feel better about not only saving students money, but really having up-to-date and reliable textbook sources for students. The Excelsior Online Reading Comprehension Lab (ORC) is no exception. I...

Excelsior OWL Partners with SUNY to Promote Writing Across the Curriculum with Grant Award

The Excelsior OWL and three SUNY colleges—Rockland, Clinton, and Monroe Community Colleges—have received a SUNY Innovative Instruction Transformation Grant (IITG) to advance Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC). The two-year project involves partnering to develop a series of open education training webinars on WAC...

How to Use the OWL as an OER Primary Text in Different Types of Writing Classes

by Elizabeth Johnston  When I first started teaching English 101 twenty years ago at West Virginia University, I used a reader and what probably amounted to an unofficial OER—a binder of resources created for all instructors by the Composition Director.  Both texts were...

OWL Success Stories: How the OWL Helps Health Sciences Keep Their Writing in Shape

In this series of articles, the Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL) team interviews students and instructors about the OWL and finds out more about how this unique platform provides an invaluable resource to help improve writing, assignments, or presentations, and many more...

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...