UWF Writing Lab's Online Writing Lab (OWL)


What is the OWL?

  • The OWL is the Online Writing Lab, a service that allows UWF students to submit their papers online via eLearning and retrieve the feedback at a later time.
  • An OWL staff member reads each electronic submission, makes comments and suggestions using Microsoft Word, and then uploads the feedback copy to the appropriate eLearning dropbox.
  • We help students locate errors in grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.
  • Remember that the final product is still your responsibility—neither the paper reader nor the Writing Lab can be held responsible for the grade you receive.

How do I sign up?

To enroll in the OWL, do the following:

  • Go to elearning.uwf.edu and log in.
  • Once on your eLearning homepage, scroll down and look on the left-hand side for the link “Student eLearning Communities.” Click on this link.
  • After clicking “Student eLearning Communities,” you may be prompted to log in again.
  • Click on the “Online Writing Lab” link.
  • Click the “Submit” button.
    • If this link doesn't appear, try using a different web browser. Students may experience fewer problems with eLearning when they use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. If you have tried all four of these browsers and still can't find this link, please contact the UWF ITS Help Desk at 474-2075.

It will take 24 hours for your OWL enrollment request to be processed. After this time period, a new course titled "Online Writing Lab – SPECIAL.OWL" should appear on your eLearning class list.

How to Submit a Paper to the OWL’s Dropbox

How do I submit?

To submit your paper for an online paper reading, do the following:

  • Find and click the “Assessments” link near the top of the page.
  • Select “Dropbox” from the dropdown.
  • Click the folder labeled “Submit Paper Here for (the current date range).”
  • Click the “Add a File” button and upload your assignment (in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format, please) from your computer.
  • Enter the following information into the Comments box: your professor’s name, the name of your course, the assignment due date, the assigned documentation style, and your professor’s instructions for the assignment you are submitting.
  • Click “Submit.”
  • You do not need to be online at the same time that the paper reader is working on your draft. For information on retrieving the feedback, see “How do I retrieve and read the feedback?” section below.

If your professor has instructed you to submit to a bulk submission dropbox, see the “What is bulk submission?” section below.

 

What can I submit?

  • You may submit any assignment you choose, course or non-course related, with the following exception.
  • You may submit papers of any length. However, we devote only an hour to each paper, and we cannot guarantee that we will get through a certain number of pages or words in that time. Feel free to resubmit a paper that was only partially completed.
  • You may submit one paper at a time. You may not make an additional submission until feedback on the first submission has been returned.
  • Please upload your submission in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
    • The only submissions we will not accept are theses or dissertations. A student with a thesis or dissertation should schedule a face-to-face appointment or make an Elluminate appointment. Elluminate is UWF's online classroom that allows a graduate Lab assistant to conduct a reading over the Internet. For further information, contact the UWF Writing Lab at 474-2129 or 474-2229, or e-mail us at writelab@uwf.edu.

 

When should I submit?

  • The weekly dropbox opens and closes at the following times:

 

Dropbox Opens

Dropbox Closes

In the Fall/Spring

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, 5:00 p.m.

In the Summer

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.

  • Keep in mind that we may have to close the weekly dropbox early if the number of submissions exceeds our ability to read them.
  • The OWL staff will read OWL submissions during weekday hours of operation only:
  • We will attempt to have your paper returned to you within two days of your submission, not including weekends or holidays. We call this our two-day turnaround policy.
  • We cannot read papers the day they are due, so try to submit your paper at least three days before its deadline.
  • Consult the chart below to determine when you should submit your paper to ensure that it is returned in time.
    • In the fall and spring, these hours are Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • In the summer, these hours are Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Summer Return Chart

Fall/Spring Return Chart

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How do I retrieve and read the feedback?

  • Find the dropbox to which you submitted your assignment.
  • If your paper has been read and the feedback returned, a link will appear in the “Feedback” column.
  • Read the feedback message and download the feedback copy of your paper.

Below are the formatting guidelines we follow while providing feedback:

  • We use yellow highlighting to bring attention to errors or other issues.
  • Our comments will be blue and underlined.
  • We will bold suggested additions or replacements.
  • We will often use green highlighting or another color of highlighting to indicate multi-part errors.

Remember, we provide you with suggestions only; the final product is your responsibility.

 

What is bulk submission?

When a professor requests a dropbox exclusively devoted to submissions from his or her students for a particular assignment, we will often set up such a folder. If your professor has instructed you to submit to a bulk submission dropbox, locate the dropbox with the name of your professor and your assignment. For example, if you are in Dr. Steele's Professional Writing class and are preparing to submit the rough draft of your business proposal, you would find the folder titled "BULK SUBMISSION ONLY: Dr. Judith Steele's (ENC3250) Proposal Rough Draft," and submit the assignment there.

For information on the submission process, see the “How do I submit?” section above.