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Excelsior College to expand its online writing lab

With a $ 300,000 two-year grant from the Kresge Foundation, Excelsior College is expanding the reach of its Online Writing Lab (OWL), an interactive, publicly accessible website designed to help students improve their writing skills. writing. The college plans to focus on promoting and growing OWL, including showcasing the resource at national conferences, hosting industry webinars on writing topics, and helping other institutions integrate OWL into. their program.

“This grant will fund a systematic outreach plan and ultimately help more low-income and underserved populations improve their writing skills and grades throughout their studies,” said Francesco Crocco, director of the OWL, in a press release.

In the fall of 2013, the State University of New York at Albany Evaluation Consortium conducted an independent pilot study evaluating the impact of OWL at six higher education institutions across the country: Excelsior , Valencia College, Howard Community College, Broome Community College, Union County. College and San Diego Mesa College. The researchers found that students using OWL increased their final grades by 6.5 points compared to a control group; students showed the greatest improvement in the areas of gender and disciplinary conventions, syntax and mechanical control, as well as sources and evidence.

OWL is currently in use on more than 20 university and college campuses, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Walden University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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