The McDaniel Writing Center, where students can get free feedback on written work, is making it easier for students to schedule appointments this semester. Owen Horton, the Writing Center director, has recently created an online schedule with the intention of encouraging more students to use the service.
All one needs to do is go to the Writing Center page on the McDaniel College website and click the link titled, “Register for an online appointment now.” Once an account is made the online schedule is open for use.
Find a time slot that fits you best and fill out your information. An email notification will be sent before your appointment to remind you.
Additionally, if you want a particular time but it is not available, you are still able to sign up on a waiting list. If in fact it opens due to a cancellation, a text message will be sent to your cell phone, alerting you of the opportunity.
“We wanted a website that would integrate new features,” said Horton.
This website does that in its use of text message and email notification. It also provides gateways to other resources for students. A link for the Purdue Writing Lab is supplied at the bottom of the page, along with several other links. These are provided for additional student aid.
The online scheduling rids the sloppiness of pen and paper including cancellations and the prevention of annoyances such as double booking. The program benefits not only the staff of the center, but the student body as well.
Owen Horton explains that when the staff’s job is made easier, it is easier to help the students.
Open times of the Writing Center are Sunday from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.