Excelsior College Online Writing Lab Blog

The Excelsior OWL Releases Four Refresher Modules on APA Style

Today, the Excelsior OWL expanded its Writing Refresher resource by releasing four refresher modules on APA style. The modules cover the following topics: in-text citations, references, formatting, and style. Each module is a stand-alone resource that provides instruction, practice questions, and a quiz...

The Excelsior OWL Soars to New Heights

February 2018 was a record-breaking month for the Excelsior OWL. Usage data from Google Analytics reveal that the OWL hit new records for total monthly users, sessions, and page views (see Table 1). These numbers continue an astounding growth pattern for the last...

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...