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 unCommon News

 A crowd-powered newsletter for a writing-centered community.

 Issue 4, September, 2012

Hello friends, 

We hope you had a terrific summer, that you were able to write that book or article, plan that course, or read those novels...and have loads of fun.

At Writing Commons we've been busy polishing our site so that it can be an effective part of your classes! Save your students some money, and save yourself some time.  When you use Writing Commons, you can rest assured of its peer-reviewed, quality content.

We are thrilled usage of Writing Commons has been steadily increasing. Since January 29th of this year we have had more tha 39,582 visits from 32,430 visitors, a total of 94,694 page views. Lately, what with the fall semester beginning and all, we've had over 2,086 visitors in the past week with 4,683 page views!  

We want to make sure that our content is working its best for your pedagogy and your students' learning. Please take a moment to respond to this two-question survey about Writing Commons: User Information Survey. The more feedback we get from our community, the more we can tailor Writing Commons to best meet your needs.

In this issue we will explore:

  • Quizzes
  • Call for Papers
  • Social Media



In our last edition of UnCommon News we introduced our Common Comments feature, which provides links to articles at Writing Commons that more fully explain what you mean by your critiques. To make Common Comments even more useful for our student users, we're introducing quizzes to selected articles, from "Active Voice" to "Subject-Verb Agreement", which are designed to help students learn these imporant concepts.  

Our quiz feature represents an attempt to help bridge the gap between the online and classroom learning experiences by providing an accountability measure. Rather than simply relying on a student's word that she reviewed your comments and read the associated articles about them, Quizzes provide a way of testing and measuring a student's understanding of  your feedback.


Call for Papers

As an organic, digital, recursive text, we are interested in receiving new and interesting articles and chapters to expand the breadth and depth of what we can offer our global community of writers.

While we welcome submissions covering all aspects of writing, we are especially in need of content focused on Rogerian argument and civic engagement for a First-Year Compostion audience.

Please help us stretch the concept of the printed textbook. Beyond being free, help us make this resource even better than traditional, costly textbooks. We are especially eager to add video, audio,  and interactive quizzes.

For details, see our Guide for Authors.


Social Media

Keep up with Writing Commons using your favorite social networking sites.

Writing Commons has its own Facebook site, where we keep our status and postings relevant to the latest site information, as well as news about the greater Open Education Resource community.

Writing Commons is also available on Twitter using @writingcommons and #writingcommons. Writing Commons' tweets consist of answers to students' most common writing questions, such as "What's a paragraph supposed to have?" and "What's an argument, again?" Each tweet is hyper-linked to our Writing Commons blog, where Writing Commons staff provides succinct, accessible answers and helpful examples. The Writing Commons blog functions as a space where writers of all levels of expertise can contribute alternative answers and subsequent questions. We envision this interactive space functioning as a "virtual-teacher" where students can contribute unique writing questions and receive answers by Writing Commons staff in real-time. 

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