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The Purdue OWL News is an online newsletter addressing readers' writing-related questions and covering events in the Purdue University Writing Lab and the Online Writing Lab at Purdue (Purdue OWL).

The Grammar Gang offers grammar information and answers your grammar questions on their blog, a cross-cultural writing resource endeavor brought to you by the Purdue OWL and the UniSA/Adeliade University Possums.

The 10th Purdue OWL YouTube Vidcast


August 22, 2011 9:14 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

We are pleased to announce the 10th video on the Purdue OWL YouTube Channel. Content developer Zachery Koppelmann, who is working with Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering's Writing Enhancement Program, develops vidcasts for students in the Mechanical Engineering (ME) 263 course. This vidcast explains how to write memos for the course and is specifically written for students enrolled in ME 263. However, the vidcast may be helpful for students not enrolled in the course because it provides information about the importance of audience while writing a memo. For more general information on memo writing, please see the Purdue OWL's resources on memo writing.

Thanks to Zachery and the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering's Writing Enhancement Program for making these vidcasts possible.


Résumé Writing Vidcast


August 9, 2011 12:00 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The newest addition to the Purdue OWL YouTube Channel is a vidcast on résumé writing. Content developer Alex Layne composed the vidcast, and she also developed the Interactive Résumé. Many thanks to Alex for contributing to the OWL's résumé resources.


Writing Lab Director Helps Launch JLD Special Issue


July 28, 2011 12:46 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

Linda Bergmann, one of the founders of the “Grammar Gang," is helping launch a new venture for this international group of bloggers. The Grammar Gang will be compiling a special issue of the Journal of Learning Design, to come out in March 2012, entitled "The Classroom without Walls:  Social Software, Cross Institutional Collaboration and Working across Cultures."  The intent is to examine innovation in higher education, as boundaries between institutions blur and policy makers are constantly challenged to keep up with the amorphous technological landscape.

This special issue of JLD invites contributions which look at:

The Grammar Gang began as a cross-institutional collaboration between Purdue University and the University of South Australia in 2008. Several other institutions have joined since then, and there are now more than 100,000 visitors to the blog each year.

Guidelines for papers can be found here: http://www.jld.qut.edu.au/publications/

Deadlines for manuscripts are 30 October, 2011.

 Contact Andrea.duff@unisa.edu.au for further information.


Tutoring Grammar Resources


July 7, 2011 8:06 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL has added a new resource to Teacher and Tutor Resources. Tutoring Grammar offers rationales and practical advice for writing centers and tutors when working with grammar during tutorials. Teachers might also find this resource helpful if they are looking for strategies to use when teaching grammar.

Many thanks to content developer Russell Keck for creating this resource. 


The OWL Partners with OpenStudy


July 6, 2011 7:40 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL is pleased to announce its partnership with OpenStudy, a social learning network that answers subject-specific questions, including questions about writing. OpenStudy users, whose reliability is rated by other users, answer submitted questions. You may submit a question to OpenStudy by clicking on the “OpenStudy” button on the social networking toolbar found on the bottom of every OWL page.

You may still submit writing-related questions to the OWL Mail Tutors, who will respond to your questions. OpenStudy may provide more immediate feedback, which will be provided by other OpenStudy users.


Two New Vidcasts


June 14, 2011 3:30 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The Purdue OWL YouTube Channel offers two more vidcasts: "The Semicolon: Parts 1, 2, and 3" and "An Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum." Both vidcasts were developed by content developer Zachery Koppelmann. Happy viewing, and stay tuned for more additions!


On Teaching Online's Podcast Interview with the OWL Coordinator


June 1, 2011 11:31 am
By Elizabeth Angeli

Eric Wignall and Staci Treckles of On Teaching Online, a website committed to collecting and promoting online teaching resources, interviewed OWL Coordinator Elizabeth Angeli. In the interview, Elizabeth discusses the OWL, current projects in development, and OWL resources users may find helpful for teaching online.

Click here to listen to the podcast. Thanks to Eric and Staci for their time and interest in the OWL!


Mechanical Engineering Resources


April 21, 2011 6:26 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The newest section on the OWL contains resources for Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering Writing Enhancement Program. While these resources are written for mechanical engineering students at Purdue, students and teachers across many fields may find the resources on semicolons and memo writing useful.

The OWL extends many thanks to Zachery Koppelmann and the Purdue University School of Engineering for making these resources possible for Purdue students and OWL users around the world.


Purdue OWL YouTube Channel


April 21, 2011 6:18 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL is pleased to announce the creation of the Purdue OWL YouTube Channel. Currently, the YouTube Channel houses six vidcasts: a three-part series on semicolons and a three-part series on writing memos in the engineering field. Stay tuned for more videos! 


American Sociological Association Resources Updated


April 21, 2011 1:58 pm
By Elizabeth Angeli

The OWL's American Sociological Association (ASA) resources have been updated to reflect the changes in the ASA Style Guide 4th edition. Click here to view the updated resources.

The OWL would like to thank Deborah Coe for her work on these resources.


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