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Tips & Tools: Referring Students for Writing Help

Referring Students for Writing Help

The Walden Writing Center offers a wide variety of media to help students with writing. On our website, students can find links to our webinars, videosself-quizzes, blog, Twitter, Facebook, residency assistance, and Q&A services. In addition to these web-based resources, we offer personalized feedback from our professional writing staff, providing students with encouragement and targeted suggestions that help them with their current document and give them skills they can use in future writing assignments. You may want to review our policies and see some samples of the kind of feedback we can provide here. For help selecting the appropriate service for your student, see descriptions here and a few documents with suggested wording below. 

Recommendations for Linking to Our Resources

Resources and links change regularly on our website. To maximize continuity of links, please follow these recommendations for linking to our resources. (Note: To link to a box on one of our webpages, look to the left menu column and click on the corresponding white box for box-level links.)

Type of Resource

Update Schedule

How to Link

How NOT to Link

Notes

Webinar recording

At least every 12 months

Link to the “box” the webinar recording lives in.

Do NOT link to the direct recording link.

Ensures updated information/link.

Modules

Quarterly

Link to the “box” the module lives in, as well as the technical information page.

Do NOT link to the module’s direct registration page.

Ensures students can access technical information.

Short videos

Every 12 months

Link to the “box” the short video lives in

Do NOT link directly to YouTube page for the video.

Ensures access to transcripts and related writing instruction.

Templates for course papers through preproposal documents As needed to update links, APA style rules, or information contained in the templates.

Link to the General Templates page for course, KAM, thesis, or other non-doctoral-capstone templates and the Program-Specific Templates page for preproposal (premise and prospectus) doctoral capstone templates.

Do NOT download template documents to post in a course shell or to distribute to students via e-mail.

Ensures students will access the most current version of the Walden-specific templates.

Templates for doctoral capstone documents As needed to update links, APA style rules, or information contained in the templates. For doctoral capstone templates, link to the Programs page of the Doctoral Capstone Form and Style site or the individual program pages listed in the left menu of that page. Preproposal templates are also located on those pages. Do NOT download template documents to post in a course shell or to distribute to students via e-mail. Ensures students will access the most current version of the Walden-specific templates.

Podcast

Every month

Link to the podcast page or to the episode archive; include title and number of episode if directing student to a specific episode.

Please do NOT link to the SoundCloud page.

Ensures students have access to the archive, transcripts, and information on how to listen; encourages students to view other episodes and other Writing Center resources.

Web pages

12-month audit cycle

Link to page-level URL or box-level URL.

 

We attempt to redirect any changes in URLs (such as with reorganization of pages or deletion of content).

Blog posts

Once per week on Monday

Link directly to the post by using the direct URL.

Do NOT link to the main blog page when pointing students to a specific blog post. Instead, provide the direct URL to that post. Link to the main blog page only if you’re just sharing the existence of the blog with students.

Ensures that students are able to find the precise post/information towards which you’re pointing them.

 
If you have any questions or suggestions about these recommendations, please let us know at wcwebsite@waldenu.edu.

Crash Course in Referring Students to the Writing Center

 

In each Crash Course video we recommend services that we think you will find useful. Direct links to those resources are included below for easy access. 

Crash Course in Referring Students to the Writing Center