Four New Institutions join WriteAway e-Tutoring Service

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Drumroll please: four new institutions will be joining WriteAway in the fall of 2014! A warm welcome to: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Justice Institute of British Columbia, and Selkirk College. These institutions join our six current participants: Camosun College, College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia.

We are thrilled that WriteAway is growing and that online writing support will be extending even further throughout the province. The opportunity to join this growing collaborative remains open. If you have questions or your institution would like to join WriteAway, please contact Leah Hopton at

With goals to reduce barriers for institutions who wish to join and to expand the number of students reached, the BC eTutoring Concept Committee made several decisions this spring to restructure the service as it moves forward. Highlights include:

  • The hiring of a part-time Master Tutor to support tutors, thus reducing workloads for institutional coordinators
  • A reduction in the minimum number of tutoring hours required by each institution, down from 120 hours per 12-week term to 60 hours per term
  • Training emphasis for tutors on providing helpful, quality feedback to student draft submissions more quickly than in previous terms

Thanks to the hard work of the WriteAway Advisory Committee and the Training Working Group over the summer, changes should roll out smoothly this fall.

The Emily Carr University Writing Centre is very pleased to announce that we have now joined Write Away, a new tutoring service for 10 BC universities and colleges. Write Away is open from Sep. 22 – Dec. 5, 2014.

With Write Away, students can upload a draft of any course assignment for written feedback from a trained tutor. Tutors will spend about 30 minutes per paper, and you can submit the same paper up to 3 times for feedback.

It usually takes between 24-48 hours to receive your response, so do start well ahead of your assignment due dates!

And be aware: tutors for Write Away may come from any of the participating institutions so they will not know your particular course or assignment. Please give as much information about the assignment as you can.

Instructions about registering for and using the service can be found here:

WAButton For more information about this service at Emily Carr University, please visit the Writing Centre website.

(Parts of this post are reprinted from the Electronic Learning Network newsletter.)


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