Capella University Makes Comprehensive Online Academic Writing Center Available to the Public

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The online university's Online Writing Center features multi-media modules aimed at graduate level students studying in a variety of disciplines

We decided to make this writing resource available to the general public because, first, it's the nature of writing centers to share resources, and second, we have some unique resources to share that are a result of the collaboration among faculty, staff, and our incredible web and instructional designers

A comprehensive online academic writing center developed by Capella University (http://www.capella.edu ) primarily for graduate level students is now available to the public at http://www.capellawritingcenter.org . Capella, which is an accredited,* online university that focuses on master's and PhD degrees, created the Online Writing Center to provide its 23,000-plus students with instruction, resources, and strategies to help them navigate the writing process and develop clear and effective academic writing.

"We decided to make this writing resource available to the general public because, first, it's the nature of writing centers to share resources, and second, we have some unique resources to share that are a result of the collaboration among faculty, staff, and our incredible web and instructional designers," said Leslie Olsen, coordinator of Capella's Writing Center. "There is so much information on this site that people seeking help with their writing won't find on other writing resource Web sites. What we have developed truly makes the writing process much more manageable, efficient, and enjoyable."

Some of that unique information includes a writing handbook organized around the writing process and embedded with multi-media modules, animated handouts, and easily downloadable documents on topics such as the philosophy behind APA writing guidelines, writing a literature review, and pre-writing techniques that can be used to help facilitate the writing process.

"The multi-media modules and animated handouts are very unique among writing resource Web sites, and are a very effective way to help these concepts come to life and really sink in," said Olsen, adding that all of the modules are ADA compliant.

Some other topics covered on Capella's Online Writing Center include:

  •     Annotated Bibliography Guide
  •     Grammar
  •     Business and Technical Writing
  •     APA Style and Formatting
  •     Undergraduate Writing Resources
  •     How to Get Your Work Published
  •     Academic Integrity

The site also offers a wide variety of one-page handouts in PDF format for downloading on topics such as developing a thesis statement, writing in the third person, and plagiarism. The Writing Center even features a "Writer's Relief" section for those who need a break from thinking about writing.

Although Capella's Online Writing Center has been developed primarily for graduate-level students, it does feature a section for undergraduate students. It includes an interactive module on the four stages of writing, which takes the student all the way through the writing process, from prewriting, through drafting and peer review, and on to revising, editing and proofreading.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University (http://www.capella.edu) is an accredited*, fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, psychology, public health, and public safety, and bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 104 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. The online university currently serves more than 23,400 students from all 50 states and 45 other countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), http://www.ncahlc.org.
Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552), http://www.capella.edu.

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