Writing Lab

The LCAD Writing Lab is currently operating remotely — both synchronously and asynchronously. It’s free, and it’s available to any LCAD student in search of an assist with anything writing-related in an LCAD course: higher order concerns — a paper, a short story, a script, an artist’s statement, a thesis statement, research integration, and other literary affairs; or lower-order concerns — grammar, diction, style, tone, mechanics, formatting, all that good stuff that makes language sizzle and pop. Students who leverage the LCAD Writing Lab improve their writing and editing skills, and this generally translates to improved grades in Liberal Arts coursework.

This lab is currently being offered on Moodle in two formats: via Zoom and via Flipgrid.Once you’ve navigated to the Writing Lab’s Moodle page, you can choose whichever of these formats is most convenient for your needs.

THE ZOOM WRITING LAB

1. Make sure you have the following: a) A copy of the assignment instructions, any previous drafts, instructor comments, or prewriting materials; your most recent draft, something you can share electronically, preferably a PDF or something else that’s easy to open; not necessary but encouraged — write down your specific questions or concerns so that you don’t forget when you’re “in the room” because forgetting is a bummer.

2. Now that you’re prepared, identify a time that works, and click the Zoom link.

3. The Zoom Writing Lab operates on a first-come, first-served basis in fifteen-minute increments. When there are multiple students “in the lab,” a Writing Lab instructor will provide direction and insight for fifteen minutes, and afterward, if you feel you need more assistance, you’re welcome to return to the queue. Writing Lab instructors will use breakout rooms to ensure student privacy.

THE FLIPGRID WRITING LAB

NOTE: the benefit of the Flipgrid Writing Lab is that you can work with a lab instructor asynchronously, i.e. you don’t have to log on to specific hours and can receive guidance at your convenience.

1. Make sure you have the following: e-copies of the assignment instructions, any previous drafts, instructor comments, or prewriting materials; your most recent draft, something you can share electronically, preferably a PDF or something else that’s easy to open; not necessary but encouraged — organize your specific questions or concerns before you access Flipgrid so that you don’t forget when you’re recording because forgetting is a bummer.

2. Navigate to this link and scroll to the appropriate week where you will find access to the Flipgrid link along with instructions on how to communicate with the lab instructor.

We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, you can direct them to Norm Leonard (nleonard@lcad.edu).

Finally, in an effort to help us to gauge the efficacy of the LCAD Writing Lab services and to perfect our practices, after each visit to the LCAD Writing Lab, please complete the LCAD Writing Lab Survey


 

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