Distance Education Students
The University Writing Center is committed to supporting the writing of distance education students. If you are taking a distance education course and cannot make a face-to-face appointment at the Writing Center, you can schedule an online consultation through our Virtual Writing Center. We provide both online live chat sessions or, when that's not possible, we can respond to your draft in writing through an eTutoring session.You can read more below about how to schedule a Virtual Writing Center appointment.
We also provide other online resources for students in distance education courses through our Common Writing Situations advice, and our Handouts and Videos about a wide range of writing issues from organizing a draft, to writing an effective introduction, to questions of grammar or citation styles.
Virtual Writing Center Appointments
As a distance education student you are always welcome to schedule a face-to-face appointment in the Writing Center on the third floor of Ekstrom Library. If you are unable to attend a face-to-face writing consultation, the Virtual Writing Center allows you to receive feedback from one of our trained consultants. Through the Virtual Writing Center you can choose whether to have a live chat consultation or to receive a response by email. You can choose the kind of appointment you want when you make an appointment through our online scheduling system.
Making an Appointment: Use your UofL username and password to log in to our online scheduling system. The first time you log in you will be asked to fill out a brief registration form. Be sure to note when filling out the registration form that you are taking a distance education course. Once you've filled out the registration form, login and make your appointment, making sure to choose the Distance Education Schedule from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. If you have trouble scheduling an appointment, call us at 502-852-2173.
- Sessions for the Virtual Writing Center are 50 minutes long.
- You may schedule up to one Virtual Writing Center session a week, and schedule sessions with the same consultant. We have ten hours of Virtual Writing Center appointments each week from during the summer sessions.
- If you submit a draft for an eTutoring written response, we try to respond to your draft within two business days after your scheduled appointment. You will receive an email telling you when we have uploaded your draft with our comments to your appointment time. During busy times of the semester it may take us longer to respond to your draft.
- If the schedule is full for the day, you can click on clock icon next to the day and date on the schedule to add your name to the Waiting List. The Waiting List notifies you by email or text if an appointment has become available. You would then need to go online to book the appointment.
- The Virtual Writing Center is closed any time that the University of Louisville is closed, including semester breaks and holidays.
Assistant Director - Virtual Writing Center
Jamila Kareem is the Assistant Director for the Virtual Writing Center and covers all online appointments for students in distance education courses.
Jamila is a third-year Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition. In addition to teaching composition as well as literature with students at UofL, she has taught writing, literature, and humanities courses at other schools. Her students have included returning adults students at technical institutes and disadvantaged, college-bound high school seniors. She has loved writing of all sorts for as long as she can remember, including scholarly writing, poetry, fiction, graphic novels, and film writing, all of which she reads in her free time. She also spends her free time working on projects concerning issues of disadvantaged groups within academic writing communities.