A guest blog post by Tasha Williams, formerly an English instructor and currently the Tutoring Services Coordinator.
Due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing and prospective Leeward students face unprecedented challenges with online learning and have many questions. As the 2021 OER Leeward OER Creation Incentive Award recipient, I’ve created a 10-part video series to assist students with navigating online learning during the pandemic and beyond.
I designed this project due to my interactions with students in online classrooms and tutoring services. They have encountered new academic, financial, and emotional difficulties due to the challenges of writing in online environments. The pandemic has exacerbated many socio-economic challenges, and this equitable and inclusive approach addresses topics students face who are affected by the digital divide.
With a focus on online and hybrid writing classrooms, the series aims to help students who are grappling with developing their writing skills amid the ongoing fallout of the pandemic. The video series can assist ENG 100 students and instructors with the following:
- Write a structured academic essay
- Analyze and apply text(s) to logically support an argument
- Apply reading, writing, and critical thinking strategies in other contexts
- Apply study skills to improve learning
It was a great collaboration with the EMC! This was my first venture into recording educational videos. Camden and his video production team were really insightful and helpful throughout the whole process. You can access the series playlist on the Leeward Writing Center’s YouTube channel or click the links to the individual videos below. They are licensed CC BY-NC so feel free to use them.
- Creating a Physical & Mental Space for Studying
- Research Writing
- Navigating Laulima Forum Posts
- How to Thrive During Finals
- Tech Tools
- The Online Writing Process & Academic Essay
- Tips for Asynchronous ENG 100
- Tips for College Reading
- Tips for Synchronous Hybrid Courses
- Using Tutoring and Library Resources