The Message is the Medium: Electronically Helping Writing Tutors Help Electronically

Jesse Kavadlo

Abstract


Many writing center practitioners have reasonable doubts about asynchronous, online tutoring.  Yet through templates, reflection, coaching, and practice, peer tutors can learn to provide effective electronic responses to online student submissions. This essay discusses some of the potential advantages online tutoring may have over face to face tutoring, what the best online responses may accomplish, and the ways in which one tutor overcame her initial skepticism in order to develop proficiency in online responses.  


Keywords


Writing Center Training; Online Tutoring

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