This section provides the student with a number of resources available on the ETSU campus: Writing & Communication Center; Sherrod Library's assorted reference materials (Reference and stacks areas) and videotapes (Library Media Center); University Writing Lab/Mac Lab; and the various Computer/Word Processing Labs available throuth the Office of Information Technology.
Students frequently suffer a great deal of anxiety when confronted with an assignment for an important paper or speech. They often feel that they alone are unprepared when, in fact, many students experience the same feelings. Students simply do not talk about their fears with each other. As a result, they remain silent rather than asking questions or seeking help which they feel will reveal the depth of their ignorance.
The first thing to realize is that you do not have all the answers and in fact are here to gain knowledge and make mistakes as a part of your learning process. It is often difficult to know how or where to begin, what to do first, or how to go about correcting mistakes.
The University provides numerous resources which will enable you to prepare yourself properly for your assignments. The major resources for writing and speaking assistance are discussed in this section of the handbook. Each of these resources is staffed by professionals who understand why you are here and are prepared to assist you in achieving academic success.
The Writing and Communication Center (WCC)
|VTR 400||Verbal Communication, the Power of Words
(1981, 24 min.)
|Illustrates the four critical parts of every verbal exchange: speaker, language used, the atmosphere, and the listener|
|VTR 2901||Say It Better: Fearless Public Speaking||This video is an excellent source of information for students making oral presentations.|
The Write Course is a series of 30 VHS tapes located in the Instructional Media Center. Some recommended tapes are:
|VTR 1035||Lesson 9:
Structuring the Topic
|Describes organizing and planning a topic.|
|VTR 1036||Lesson 11:
|Describes four traditional patterns of developing form in writing.|
|VTR 1042||Lesson 23:
Discovering the Library
|How to prepare a research paper from researching a topic to preparing the information.|
|VTR 1041||Lesson 24:
Writing a Research Paper
|Explains the nature of a research paper and steps involved in writing a paper.|
|VTR 1044||Lesson 27:
Writing at Work
|A practical approach to writing common forms of business communications.|
Report and Proposal Writing
|How to write academic, business and scientific proposals using the proper format and audience appeal.|
The Writing/Mac Lab is located in Room 307 of Warf-Pickel Hall. It has open hours weekdays and some evening hours. The schedule changes each semester and is posted outside the lab.
The lab provides assistance with writing and grammar skills for all students at ETSU. Students may take an evaluation test to determine their current skill level in grammar. Instructors may schedule training in the use of the computers. Part of the lab time is devoted to the writing lab and part to an open lab use of the Macintosh computers.
A variety of writing skill tutorial programs are available.
Computer Services maintains several computer laboratories with word processing software (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, etc.), presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint), and drawing/charting applications which are available for general student use. The laboratories are located in:
While the Gilbreath and Sam Wilson laboratories are typically reserved for classes or demonstrations, each has some amount of "open lab times" when school is in session and Computer Services personnel are available to monitor the lab. The hours are posted at the lab entrances.
Last updated on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, by Bill Hemphill