Digital Writing Center Spaces as Learning Communities

Kaplan University

Melody Pickle, Kaplan University Academic Center Manager

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In the online digital space that is Kaplan University Writing Center, we (the KUWC) engage with students to make meaning and create spaces for learning.  The Kaplan University Writing Center is a completely online Writing Center.  All of our resources, services, and interactions with students take place in an online environment.  Far from a cold lonely static place, the KUWC is a dynamic, vibrant, learning community.

Thinking about Wenger’s (1998) Communities of Practice, part of being a member of a community is  the ability of its members to be able to define how and to what degree they will engage in the community.  For this reason, the KUWC functions as a community of practice because students move in and out of this space and engage with this space on their own terms.  There is not one primary platform that…

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