History and Mission
The University College virtual writing lab, the VAWLT (Virtual Academic Writing & Library Tutors), is a writing and library resource for distance education in the University of Maine System. Our mission is to train outstanding students to provide writing 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 on all UC Center campuses 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.
OCLS Director and Librarian Tutor-Advisorstacey.firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructional Designer & VAWLT Substituteheather.email@example.com
Senior Instructional Designer and Director of UC-VAWLTmina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructional Designer & VAWLT Technical Advisoranne.email@example.com
Senior eLearning Specialist & VAWLT Web Administratorandrei@maine.edu
Lena MichaudPaige Mitchell
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