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 Virtual Writing Center from the drop-down menu in the center of the top of the screen.If you have trouble scheduling an appointment, call us at 502-852-2173.
- All sessions with the Virtual Writing Center last 50 minutes.
- You may schedule up to one Virtual Writing Center session a week, and schedule sessions with the same consultant. As a Distance Education student, look for the consultant designated “Reserved for Distance Ed. Only” on the schedule.During the fall and spring semesters, we reserve twenty hours each week for Distance Education students. During the summer, there are ten hours available weekly.
- 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
Chris Scheidler is the Assistant Director for the Virtual Writing Center and covers all online appointments for students in distance education courses.
A native Michigander, I came to Louisville two years ago to pursue my M.A. at the University of Louisville. I’ve spent the last two years working with writers in the classroom, in the University Writing Center, and outside of campus as a volunteer. Now I’m entering my first year in the Rhetoric and Composition Ph.D. program. As a researcher I’m particularly interested in distinctions between cultural perceptions of literacy and the more personal experiences of literacy. But I’m finding myself increasingly interested in relationships between language use and communication technologies. And, of course, I’ve got a lingering interest in public speech and debate. Outside of work, I spend plenty of time cooking (and eating), tracking down rare beers, and hiking the parks of Louisville. I’m a novice rock climber, an amateur sailor, and I’m often brushing up on my astronomy (if only to make my daydreams about being an astronaut feel a little bit more real).