SURVEY || Tutoring digital assignments

We are surveying Canadian writing support centre directors, managers, and coordinators regarding policies, practices, and frequency of support for digital assignments. The purpose of this survey is to learn more about how Canadian writing centres are supporting digital projects. Your responses will remain anonymous. The results will be used only for research purposes, and will be shared only with those who participate in the survey.

The eleven survey questions will take approximately 20 min to complete. You can link to the survey here or cut-and-paste this URL into to your browser >>

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you for taking the time to supply this information!


Stephanie Bell, LA&PS Writing Centre Director, York University
Brian Hotson, Director, Academic Learning Services, Saint Mary’s University

Save the date: CASDW conference May 24-26, 2014

Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing

Please join us for the annual conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), to be held at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and social Sciences.  Information about the Congress is available at

PS: In the Call for Papers cover email, you may have noted an error in the conversions from kilometers to miles. St. Catharines, ON, is about 20 kilometers from Niagara Falls, ON, which is about 12 miles, and it’s about 50 kilometers, or 30 miles from Buffalo, NY. Sorry for the confusion! JA


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Report: Integrating Online Writing Assistance into the Classroom Creates Challenges, by Boba Samuels, Kelly McDonald, & Emmy Misser, Wilfrid Laurier University

Integrating Online Writing Assistance into the Classroom Creates Challenges


“In an effort to improve writing skills, the Writing Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University developed a series of free online resources and tools for students. However, a recent study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) found that even when integrated into the classroom experience, only a small number of students actually used the tool as they felt it was not relevant to them, and those who did saw no impact on their grades. The authors feel further research is needed into how to best integrate the service into the classroom, including potentially assigning grades for its use.”

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Inkshed Publications is currently seeking proposals for edited collections

Inkshed Publications is currently seeking proposals for edited collections (~250 pages), monographs (~100-125 pages), and studies (30-70 pages) on a wide variety of topics including:

  • writing studies research and pedagogy
  • writing centre research and practice
  • rhetoric (theories of and specific practices)
  • critical literacy studies of all kinds
  • studies of texts and how they are composed, read, and used
  • studies of literature and response to literature
  • studies of multilingual writers working in English
  • and other fields

To view the full call for proposals, visit the Inkshed blog.

If you have questions about the call or the suitability of a project, contact any member of the editorial team:


Roger Graves & Heather Graves, University of Alberta

Editorial board:

Kathryn Alexander, Independent scholar

Brian Hotson, Saint Mary’s University

Theresa Hyland, Huron University College

Anne Parker, University of Manitoba

Graham Smart, Carleton University

Andrea Williams, University of Toronto