Can I require my students to use the Center?
Do you provide proof that a student visited the Center?
Is there suggested language about the Center that I can put on my syllabus?
Can someone from the Center come to my class to talk about your services?
Can someone from the Center come to my class to give a presentation?
Do you only work with undergraduates?
I want to incorporate more writing or presentations into my syllabus, but I don’t know how to teach those skills – can the Center help me?
I want to incorporate more writing assignments into my course, but those assignments are too hard to grade!
I would like to get feedback on my own writing or practice a presentation. Am I eligible to use the Center's services?
What services do you offer students other than individual consultations?
What happens when a student makes an appointment at the Center?
One of my students makes a lot of grammatical mistakes in his writing. Can I require him to come to the Center?
Before doing so, we ask that you contact the Center’s director, Jennifer Wilson. If you would like your entire class to have a consultation on a particular assignment, we can make arrangements to train consultants especially for that assignment (with your input) and to schedule the consultations around your students’ schedules.
It is not a good idea to require an individual student to come for a consultation, because students tend to get much more out of any service when they have made the choice to use the service. It is also possible that the problem(s) you have observed are better addressed by you, as the instructor—for example, writing issues commonly occur when a student does not understand the course content or a particular reading. We recommend that you talk to the student one-on-one first, to assess why the student is struggling. During that meeting you could strongly encourage the student to make an appointment (or even a series of appointments) at the Center, if you feel such an appointment would be useful to the student. We have a referral form that you can print out here and give to the student to bring to the appointment.
Due to the volume of visits, we do not routinely provide a form for every appointment; however, we do have a proof-of-attendance form you can print out here and give to the student to bring to the appointment. At the conclusion of the appointment, the consultant will sign the form and return it to the student. If you arrange for the Center to conduct a special workshop or program for your course, we are happy to track attendance at that activity.
Yes. You are welcome to use the following text and to amend it to the needs of your course.
“You are encouraged to make appointments with the peer consultants at the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication for your assignments in this course. These consultants do not proofread or edit your work, but they will provide feedback on topics such as the organization of your paper or presentation, the coherence of your argument, appropriate sentence structure, and grammatical errors. You can make an appointment at the Center’s website: cwovc.rice.edu.”
Absolutely—we would love to do so! To make arrangements for a 10-minute presentation, contact Jennifer Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or x4924.
Certainly. We have prepared talks on topics such as avoiding plagiarism, giving an effective oral presentation, and designing a PowerPoint talk. We are happy to create a new presentation for your course as well. To make arrangements for a presentation, contact Jennifer Wilson at email@example.com or x4924.
No. Our mission is to serve all members of the Rice community. Students make appointments through our website; faculty and staff should make appointments by contacting Jennifer Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or x4924. We accept appointments from graduate and post-doctoral students for giving feedback on papers, theses, dissertations, conference proposals and presentations, grant proposals, journal articles, and job talks. We have worked with instructors on such items as designing writing-intensive assignments and syllabi and revising journal articles.
Yes. We are happy to sit down one-on-one with instructors to help them consider how to design, teach, and assess communication-related assignments and projects. To make an appointment for this service, contact Jennifer Wilson at email@example.com or x4924.
The staff of the Center has extensive experience designing and assessing writing-related assignments in courses across the curriculum. We have developed a number of strategies to reduce the burden of grading communications-related assignments, and we would be happy to talk with you one-on-one about your goals and needs for specific assignments.
Yes. Every year the staff of the CWOVC fields such requests from Rice faculty and staff--we recognize that everyone can benefit from feedback and encourage you to meet with us. To arrange an appointment to discuss your own work, contact Jennifer Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or x4924. We also offer workshops, open to all Rice faculty members, once or twice a year on various aspects of communication pedagogy. These are advertised directly to faculty members via PRES-FAC, so look for our email messages.
We hold a variety of workshops and short courses every year, ranging from communication skills for ESL students, to designing RURS posters, to dissertation ‘boot camps.’ Visit our “Workshops” page to see what we are currently offering.
S/he should bring a copy of the assignment instructions as well as whatever document s/he has produced at that point. Our consultants can work with students at any stage in the composing process: brainstorming, crafting a thesis statement, or with a partial or completed draft.The consultant will read (or watch, in the case of a presentation) what a student brings, then offer feedback on how effectively the student communicated her/his ideas.The point of a consultation is to improve the student’s long-term communication skills, so the consultant will give the student a variety of strategies to consider using on future assignments.
Although our peer consultants won’t proofread or edit texts for students, they can give students advice about sentence-level issues like grammar and punctuation. Research shows that it is not efficacious to require students to use a tutorial service, but we strongly encourage you to recommend that this student make an appointment (and even a series of regular appointments) with one of our consultants. You are welcome to use our referral form, which you will fill out and give to the student to bring to the appointment.