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About: Overview

This guide includes information about the mission, staff, and history of Walden University's Writing Center.

Who We Are

The Writing Center provides a broad range of writing instruction and editing services for students at Walden University, including writing assistance for undergraduates, graduate students, and doctoral capstone writers. The Writing Center includes the Office of Writing Instruction and the Office of Academic Editing, with writing professionals in each office who specialize in helping students at various stages of their Walden education.

The Writing Center also offers support for faculty to guide their students' writing. The Writing Center is part of Walden University's Office of Academic Support, which provides many other services and resources to support student learning.

The Writing Center's Website and Multimedia Instructional Content

The contents of this website were created by Writing Center's professional staff, except where noted. The webinar recordings, modules, blog posts, podcasts, and other multimedia instructional content, which are housed on various platforms and linked on this website, were also created by the Writing Center's staff. All of this content is copyrighted by Walden University. The informational and instructional resources are made available online under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Creative Commons License

Please feel free to use, reuse, copy, and distribute the instructional content on our pages! We ask that you simply include a statement acknowledging us as the creators of the content and link to the Creative Commons license. Sample statement:

This instructional content was created by the Walden University Writing Center and is reused under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The images are copyrighted by the respective photographers and creators; please contact us if you are interested in reusing these images.

Guiding Principles for the Writing Center's Website

  • The Walden University Writing Center's professional staff provides effective multimodal writing instruction on (a) grammar and composition, (b) scholarly writing, and (c) APA style on the website.
  • We acknowledge students' expectations and knowledge while encouraging continuing learning and growth in writing proficiency.
    • We take into account Walden University students' specific needs for writing instruction.
    • We encourage students' self-efficacy and build their self-perceptions about writing.
  • We model APA style such as with use of italics, numbers, quotations, and reference lists.
  • We strive to make our website accessible for learners of all abilities.

Website Accessibility and Accommodation

For all content on the Writing Center's website, we strive to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. On the website, you will find careful organization of content on each web page for keyboard and screen reader accessibility. Additionally, you will find the following features:

  • All episodes of our WriteCast podcast have full transcripts.
  • Our instructional videos, hosted by YouTube and embedded throughout the website, are accompanied by transcripts listed below each video and playlist.
  • Our live webinars and archived recordings are screen reader and keyboard accessible through the Adobe Connect platform but may require some specialized commands. You can review documentation on using the webinar platform at the Accessibility Features in Adobe Connect page.
    • Live webinars include live captioning.
    • Full transcripts (with video description and audio transcript) are posted for archived webinars.

Our templates are downloadable Microsoft Word files, and you should be able to access those documents via keyboard and screen reader technologies. Microsoft offers some tips on using screen readers to navigate in Word. It should be possible to access all content in the templates via screen reader (including Word comments and track changes), but it may take some adjustment of settings in your screen reader (such as JAWS) and Word. These pages on Microsoft's support site may be useful:

If you have questions about the accessibility of our content or have difficulty accessing any of it, please send us an e-mail.

We also work with Student Wellness and Disability Services to provide accommodations for our resources. Please visit the Student Wellness and Disability Services website to review their resources and to request accommodations.

Appropriate Conduct for Working With Our Professional Staff

To Walden Students

As professional writing instructors and editors, we are committed to working with Walden University students, both online in various services and in person at residencies and intensives, to listen respectfully as we provide writing support. In turn, we hold students to the university’s Code of Conduct and reserve the right to end conversations that are hostile or otherwise inappropriate.

To the General Learning Public

We are also happy to provide free and open access website instruction, videos, podcast, and social media to the general learning public and other educators. However, we expect the same mutual respect we require of Walden’s student population. We do not condone abusive and otherwise inappropriate behavior towards our staff or other Walden University community members. We reserve the right to end hostile or unproductive engagement.

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