History and Mission
VAWLT (Virtual Accessibility Writing Library & Technology tutors), is a distance education resource for the University of Maine System. Our mission is to train outstanding students to provide learning support to peers, staff, and instructors of UMS courses offered in distance learning formats; to create reusable writing resources for our site and for Blackboard course pages; and to connect a virtual community of distance learners through social media.
Launched in Spring of 2014 as a pilot effort between UMA and UMPI stakeholders, the VAWLT quickly expanded to a system-wide initiative connecting distance learners and faculty throughout the UMaine System and at UMA centers with trained academic writing and library tutors. Through VAWLT, students, staff, and faculty from any of the schools in the University of Maine System gain access to a virtual study space for discussing and creating writing, citation, and research with tutors and a digital library of reference materials. We also provide training and professional development to distance learners committed to becoming virtual writing tutors.