Teacher Review For Purdue Online Writing Lab

Quality site for introducing research skills - specifically how to properly cite sources.

Chad S.
Classroom teacher
Musselman High School (Inwood, WV)
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use the OWL as an introduction to citing sources. Students also look at the definition of plagiarism and how it applies to multiple genres.
My Take
The OWL is extremely text-dependent; however, it is an excellent tool for small group assignments. Grouping students (higher level with lower level) and allowing them to explore the site and investigate often helps students who need help with vocabulary and structure. Because it is a college-produced site, OWL is geared to higher level learners. It would be beneficial if OWL would create more resources that helped lower level students become more engaged and understand the idea of citing sources in text.