Teacher Review For Purdue Online Writing Lab

Accessible resource for higher level students

Lisa L.
Classroom teacher
Sweet Home CSD
Amherst, NY
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Purdue OWL writing lab since it's creation. I have mostly used it for larger research projects and ones that involve citing sources. I have printed their pages for my students, or directed them to access areas of the site for resources. I am also impressed by the thoroughness of the site - but you need to know what to access and what you are looking for. I do appreciate the organization and examples provided. Particularly the citing in-text citations and references page were extremely helpful to my seniors this year. It was nice to see the students toggle back and forth to pick up on how to effectively cite in their paper so they don't violate any academic integrity. Further, I find the examples to be appropriate for the sections BUT sometimes the examples are a bit more elevated.
My Take
My higher level students still to this day utilize this website as a resource for their college papers. The lower level students find it too comprehensive to find what they need and they usually don't need it to be that comprehensive in order to get what they need. I will say though that to teach APA style - our entire department relies on that site in order to have accurate information.