Coding the Whiteboard Space: How a Pandemic Prompted a Project in Online Writing Center Research
Many Writing Center scholars have begun advocating for replicable, aggregable, and data-supported (RAD) research to inform peer tutoring practices in university writing centers. While recent research on in-person sessions is prevalent, there has not been much conducted in an online environment. The 2020-2021 Covid 19 pandemic became the impetus for just such a study, as the author explored her options for a senior project. The resultant study described here focused on creating a coding method for tutor feedback using the whiteboard space in WCOnline and aims to provide a starting point for research on online synchronous sessions and considerations for transitioning back into in-person tutoring.
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