OWLs, Owlets, And ORCs: Modern Solutions For Online Writing And Reading Support
Concurrent Session 7
The Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an award-winning OER offering interactive, multimedia support for college and developmental writing and reading.
The Excelsior Online Writing Lab is much more than a website. It is a customizable OER that can replace expensive textbooks by allowing you to create your own targeted writing and reading comprehension resources. It contains over 700 pages of text and multimedia instructional content, 220 interactive and embeddable activities, and a Reading Comprehension Lab section. The OWL offers instructional support for college-level writing and reading skills and students can track their progress on OWL activities through an account dashboard. Educators can create custom versions of the OWL, called Owlets, for use in their courses. The OWL team understands that every individual learns differently. The team is devoted to developing and designing content that is not only accessible but engages all learning types with a range of multimedia technology. Presenters will discuss how OWL content, including interactive activities and engaging videos, can be integrated into a curriculum or utilized as an independent, self-paced learning resource for students. Attendees can participate in a hands-on tour of the OWL where they will explore the content and increase their awareness of available OERs in effective writing and reading instruction. Come learn how the OWL is a valuable resource inside and outside the classroom and how it can help transform your approach to writing and reading instruction.