Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Are you a DACC student who needs help with a writing assignment but can't make it to campus?





The DACC Writing Center now offers online tutoring for students who are in online classes, who are taking classes through the DACC Higher Learning Center in Hoopeston, who are dual enrolled students, or who may not otherwise be able to make it to campus when they need an appointment.
Here’s how you can use our online tutoring system:

1.     Call the Writing Center at 217-443-8877 to make an appointment.  Let the person you are speaking with know you want to have an online conference. You will need to be able to provide the center with the following information when scheduling your appointment: your name, your instructor’s name, and a phone number where you can be reached should technical problems arise during your conference.  All appointments are scheduled during our regular hours. (See the banner above for the current semester's schedule.)

2.      Send your draft, any information you have concerning the assignment requirements, and specific questions you have about your draft or writing to: thewritingcenter116@gmail.com. All documents should be in MS Word or saved as an “.rtf” file.  Drafts need to be sent to the Writing Center at least one working day before your appointment is scheduled.  For example, if you have an appointment on Friday, you need to send your draft to us before the center closes on Thursday.

3.      Before your conference, you will need to add the Writing Center to your Google Hangouts/Contacts list.  You can do this through your DACC email address. You can add us using our email address: thewritingcenter116@gmail.com. If you’ve never used Google Hangout before, it’s strongly suggested that you follow the steps below for initiating a conference on the day prior to your conference so that you are familiar with how the program works and feel more comfortable using it during the scheduled time. You can send a brief introductory text letting the tutor on duty know you are just making sure you know how to use it before your conference. They should respond so that you know you are connected to the center.


4.      When it is time for your conference, you simply choose to either chat with the WC staff member through a text “hangout” which is a real time text exchange, or if you have a web camera, you can choose to have a “video hangout” which will enable you to see the tutor and discuss your draft in real time.  To initiate the conference, you contact the center using our email address and choose the “chat” option.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Opening Day

Welcome--or welcome back--to campus! The Writing Center will open for the fall semester at 10:00 on Monday, August 25.  We will be open through December 8.  Daily hours as well as contact information are posted in the banner above.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Writing Center Summer Hours 2014

The Writing Center will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM during the regular summer session.  We will open on June 9, and our last day for the summer session will be July 23.  Students may receive tutoring during this time and/or use the lab in CT 108 for word processing or access to the internet.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Good Luck with Finals!


The Writing Center closes today at 3:00 PM for the spring semester.  See you when we re-open the second week of June for the regular summer session!

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Whew! Where did the semester go? Or the school year for that matter? It seems like just yesterday we were moving into the new center and here we are down to our last week of the spring semester!

The last day we will be open this semester is Thursday, May 8.  Peyton will be closing the doors at 3:00 that afternoon for the last time before he moves on to university life.  If you need any help with end of the semester writing, be sure to call early in the week to reserve an appointment.

Good luck with your final exams!

For those of you in summer classes this year, we will be opening back up the week of June 9 for limited hours during the regular summer session.  See you then!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Toward a More Civil Union?


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In his recent op/ed piece for the New York Times, "Like, Degrading the Language? No Way," John McWhorter asserts, "A keystone of education is to foster awareness of, and respect for, diversities of opinion. Changes in language suggest that the general populace has become much more attuned to this kind of diversity. The increasingly wide and diverse circles of acquaintance Americans are likely to have may increase attention to a certain conversational civility."  To support this claim, he says that recent changes in American English are not to be feared or mourned, but rather to be celebrated as evidence of a more nuanced, sophisticated culture.  You can read McWhorter's article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/opinion/sunday/like-degrading-the-language-no-way.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_LDT_20140408&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2.

What do you think? Are our recent turns of phrase a sign of a more enlightened society or are they signs of our downward spiral as so many suggest?