Create a Document

You can start writing directly in WriteLab or add a draft you've already written.

  1. Click on My Documents and select + New Document. You can also click on My Documents, select View All, and click the + NEW DOCUMENT button on My Documents page.
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  1. (Optional) Title your document.

  2. If the document is for a particular assignment, you can select it in the Assignment dropdown menu. Click CREATE.

  3. Enter your work in WriteLab. There are three ways to do so:
    • Type directly into the text field.
    • Copy and paste your writing. For best results, paste without formatting: Ctrl + Shift + V (Windows) or ⌘ + Shift + V (Mac).
    • Click CHOOSE FILE to upload a draft (.docx and .txt files no larger than 10MB).

  4. Click NEW COMMENTS. WriteLab will analyze your writing and offer feedback.

Manage Documents

The My Documents page is the first page you see after logging in. From this page you can view and and manage your documents on WriteLab.

To access the My Documents page, click on My Documents and select View All.

  1. Click on an existing Document to continue writing.
  2. Click See Drafts to access that Document's Drafts Page. From the Drafts page, you can view the Document's revision history.
  3. Delete selected Document(s).
  4. Share selected Document(s) with other WriteLab users.
  5. Create a new Document.

Download and Print a Document

  1. Go to the My Documents page.

  2. Click the title of the Document you wish to download or print. This will take you to the Comments page.

To Download as .docx file:

  • Click the DOWNLOAD button in the toolbar at the bottom of the Document.

To Print:

  • Click the PRINT button in the toolbar at the bottom of the Document or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P (Windows) or ⌘ + P (Mac).


Review Comments

After submitting your Draft, you will be able to view WriteLab’s Comments in the Comments Panel on the left side of the screen. The Comments Panel organizes WriteLab Comments into seven color-coded Modules that address specific features of your writing: Clarity, Cohesion, Logic, Concision, Emphasis, Elegance, and Coherence.

  1. Click on a Module’s name to toggle between hiding and displaying its Comments. All the Modules' Comments are visible by default.
    Highlighted text corresponds to specific Comments. Clicking on highlighted text will bring the corresponding Comment to the top of the panel.
  2. The number to the right of each Module indicates how many Comments pertaining to that Module are in your Draft.
  3. Click ✔ to indicate that you have revised your sentence. This will place the Comment under the second tab.
  4. Click ✖ to indicate that you have chosen not to revise your sentence. This will place the Comment under the third tab. You can view Comments you have marked by clicking the tabs at the top of the panel.
  5. Click ❓ to see an example or leave feedback for a specific Comment.

Restore Comments

You can restore marked comments to the Unaddressed tab at any time.

  • Find the Comment in the ✔ or ✖ tab and click the restore arrow. WriteLab will place the Comment back in the Unaddressed tab.

Receive New Comments

Revise your Draft as many times as you see fit and receive new Comments from WriteLab with each revision.

  • After revising your Draft, click NEW COMMENTS again to generate new Comments.

Write Notes

You can attach Notes to specific words or sentences in your Draft or the shared Drafts on which users allow you to comment.

Make a Note

  1. Highlight the text on which you would like to comment.

  2. Click ADD A NOTE in the toolbar under the Draft’s title. The Note function is grayed-out (disabled) until you highlight text.

  3. Type your Note in the New Note text box that appears in the Comments Panel, then click CREATE.

Edit a Note

  1. Click Notes in the Comments panel.

  2. Find the Note you wish to modify, click in the box, and start typing.

  3. When you have finished editing the Note, click SAVE.

Delete a Note

  • To get rid of a Note you no longer want to see, click the Delete button below the text of the Note. Deleted Notes cannot be recovered.

Share Drafts

You can share Drafts in WriteLab to allow peers to view or comment on your writing.

  1. On the My Documents page, select the Document(s) you want to share, then click SHARE.
  1. Enter the email addresses of the WriteLab users with whom you would like to share your writing. Email addresses can be separated by commas, spaces, or line breaks.

  2. Choose the permissions for the users by selecting either View or Comment from the dropdown menu. View makes your Draft read-only while Comment allows others to respond by leaving notes.

  3. (Optional) Write a message to accompany the invitation.

  4. Click SHARE. The names and emails of the users with whom you've shared your Draft will appear.

  5. Click SAVE.

Change Permissions and Un-share Documents

After you share a Document with other WriteLab users, you can change their permissions or un-share a Document so they may no longer view it.

CHANGE PERMISSIONS:

  1. Select the shared Document you wish to modify and click SHARE to open the Share pop-up window. Click Edit Sharing Permissions at the bottom of the window to see the list of people with whom you have shared your Document.

  2. Open the dropdown menu next to an individual user's name to change permissions from View to Comment and vice versa.

  1. After making your changes, click SAVE.

UN-SHARE:

  • Remove a user from a shared Document by clicking X. This will remove all permissions.

See Reviewer Feedback

View Notes on your shared Draft from the Comments Panel.

  1. Click Notes in the Comments Panel. Your Notes will appear below.

  2. Select a Note to see the corresponding part of your Draft, or select the text highlighted by a Note.

View Shared Drafts

You can view and respond to Drafts shared with you by other WriteLab users.

View Shared Drafts:

  1. Click on My Documents and select Shared with Me.

  2. Click the name of the Document to view it.

Respond to Shared Drafts:

  1. Highlight the text on which you would like to comment.

  2. Click ADD A NOTE in the toolbar under the Draft’s title. The Note function is grayed-out (disabled) until you highlight text.

  3. Type your Note in the New Note text box that appears in the Comments Panel, then click CREATE.

Join a Course

Once an instructor invites you to join his or her Course, WriteLab sends you a Welcome email containing the Course invite code. Use the invite code to join the Course and gain access to the Assignments your instructor expects you to complete using WriteLab.

  1. Click your username in the upper-right corner of the page and select Settings to access your Account Preferences page.

  2. Select Enter Invite Code from the balck panel on the left and enter the Course invite code provided in the Course welcome email. Click SUBMIT.

View Assignments

After your instructor creates an Assignment, WriteLab will send you an email with the Assignment’s prompt, specifications, and due date. You can also view Assignment details in WriteLab.

  1. Click on My Documents and select View All to open the My Documents Page.

  2. Select the Course from the Course drop-down menu to view a list of the Course Assignments and their due dates.
  1. Click on the > button or the Assignment name to view the prompt and specifications.

Manage Assignments

Starting an Assignment is much like creating a new document except WriteLab automatically shares your work and its time-stamped revision history with your instructor. Feel free to continue working on an Assignment after its deadline, but remember that WriteLab timestamps each revision.

  1. Click My Documents and select View All to open the My Documents page.

  2. Select the Course from the Course drop-down menu to view its Assignments.

  3. Click [Get Started] to open the Create Document pop-up window.
  1. (Optional) Title your Document.

  2. Select the Assignment from the dropdown menu.

  3. Click CREATE. WriteLab will create a new Document that is added to the Assignment. This Document and its time-stamped revision history is automatically shared with your instructor.
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Add and Remove Documents from Assignments

  1. On the My Documents page, find the Document you wish to remove from the Assignment. Click See Drafts to open the Drafts page.

  2. Click the Change Assignment button on the top right of the page.

  3. To add the Document to an Assignment, select the Assignmnent's name from the drop-down menu and click SUBMIT.

  4. To remove the Document from an Assignment, select the No Assignment option from the drop-down menu.

  5. When you are done making changes, click SUBMIT.

Control Which Drafts Your Instructor Can View

You can control which Drafts of an Assignment your instructor sees by removing his or her viewing permissions for Drafts you feel aren't ready to be read.

  1. From the My Documents page, find the Document that has Drafts you feel aren’t ready-to-be-read. Click See Drafts next to the Document’s name to open its Drafts Page.

  2. Uncheck the Ready to be Read box next to the Draft to remove your instructor’s viewing permissions for that Draft. Uncheck every box to remove your instructor’s viewing permission for the entire Document. You can check these boxes again at any time.

  3. Note: Share at least one Draft with your instructor by the Assignment’s due date. Even if you've added a Document to an Assignment, your instructor won't be able to view Drafts that you've decided aren’t ready-to-be-read.

Submit an Assignment

When you add a Document to an Assignment, your instructor can read and review that Document and its time-stamped revision history at any time. We recommend taking a minute before an Assignment's due date to make sure your instructor has access to the Drafts you want reviewed (see "Control Which Drafts Your Instructor Can View").

  1. On the My Documents Page, find the Document you wish to submit to your instructor. Click See Drafts to open the Drafts page.

  2. Look under the READY TO BE READ column to see which Drafts your instructor can view. If the box next to a Draft is checked, the instructor can see that Draft.

  3. Check or uncheck the boxes to make sure your instructor has access to the Drafts you want reviewed.

Share with Tutors

Share your work with your tutors so they can read it and leave feedback.

  1. On the My Documents page, select the Document(s) you want to share, then click SHARE.

  1. Enter the email address of the WriteLab tutor with whom you would like to share your writing. If you are entering multiple email addresses, you can separate them with commas, spaces, or line breaks.

  2. Choose the permissions for the tutor by selecting either View or Comment from the dropdown menu. View makes your Draft read-only while Comment allows your tutor to leave feedback.

  3. (Optional) Write a message to accompany the invitation.

  4. Click SHARE. The name and email of the tutor with whom you've shared your Draft will appear.

  5. Click SAVE.

Change Permissions and Un-share Documents

After you share a Document with a WriteLab tutor, you can change the tutor's permissions or un-share a Document so the tutor may no longer view it.

To change permissions:

  1. Select the shared Document you wish to modify and click SHARE to open the Share with Users pop-up window. See the list of people (tutors and other users) with whom you have shared your Document under Edit status of current users.

  2. Open the dropdown menu next to a tutor's name to change permissions from View to Comment and vice versa.

  3. After making your changes, click SAVE.

TO UN-SHARE:

  • Remove a tutor from a shared Document by clicking X. This will remove all permissions.

Leave Notes

Leave Notes on your essay for your instructors or tutors.

Write a Note

  1. Highlight the text on which you would like to comment.

  2. Click the NOTE button in the toolbar under the Draft’s title. The Note button is grayed-out (disabled) until you highlight text.

  3. Type your Note in the Create Note pop-up window, then click NOTE.

Edit a Note

  1. Click Notes in the Comments panel.

  2. Find the Note you wish to modify, click in the box, and start typing.

  3. When you have finished editing the note, click SAVE.

Review Feedback

View and manage feedback from instructors or tutors in the Comments Panel.

View Notes from Instructors or Tutors

  1. Click the Notes Module in the Comments Panel. Your instructor's and/or tutor's Notes will appear below.

    Tip: Deselect the other Modules so you'll be able to find the Notes easily.

  2. Select a Note to see the corresponding part of your Draft, or select the text highlighted by a Note.

Dismiss Notes from Instructors or Tutors

  1. Click the Notes Module in the Comments Panel. Your instructor's and/or tutor's Notes will appear below.

    Tip: Deselect the other Modules so you'll be able to find the Notes easily.

  2. Find the Note you want to delete and click Dismiss. Once dismissed, Notes can't be recovered.

Create Course

A Course allows you to manage Assignments, view and respond to your students’ work, and watch the story of your students’ progress unfold, all in one place.

  1. Click on My Courses and select + New Course from the dropdown menu to open the Create Course page.
    You can also click + NEW COURSE on the My Courses page.

  2. Type in a name for the Course.

  3. Select your institution from the dropdown menu.

  4. (Optional) Copy and paste or type the email addresses of any students and instructors you want to invite to your Course. Email addresses can be separated by commas, spaces, or line breaks. You can also invite students and instructors after creating the course.

  5. (Optional) Enter a message to accompany the Course invitation.

  6. (Optional) Check the CC me on the invite emails box if you want WriteLab to send you a copy of the Course invitation email.

  7. Click CREATE.

Manage Courses

Invite Students or Instructors

After you create a Course, you can invite more students and instructors to join it.

  1. Click on My Courses and select the Course from the dropdown menu to open your course’s page. You may also select View All and select the Course on the My Courses page.

  2. Click the INVITE button to open the Invite Students and Instructors form.

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  1. Copy and paste or type the email addresses of the people you wish to invite.

  2. (Optional) Write a message to accompany the Course invitation.

  3. (Optional) Check the CC me on the invite emails box if you want WriteLab to send you a copy of the Course invitation email.

  4. Click INVITE.

Edit a Course

You can rename and adjust the start and end date of your WriteLab Course at any time.

  1. Click on My Courses and select the Course you want to edit.

  2. Click EDIT to open the Edit Course page.

  3. Enter a new name and/or start and end dates for the Course.

  4. Click UPDATE.

Create Assignment

You can use Assignments to manage the work students do for your Course. Documents that students designate as Assignments are automatically shared with you, and you can view the time-stamped revision history of students' work.

Create an Assignment

You can create Assignments that are complete with prompts, specifications, and due dates.

  1. Click My Courses and select the course for which you want to create an assignment.

  2. Click the + NEW ASSIGNMENT button to open the Create Assignment page.

  3. Enter the Assignment title, prompt, specifications, and due date.

  4. (Optional) Write a message to accompany the Assignment.

  5. (Optional) Check the CC me on the emails box to receive a copy of the Assignment notification email.

  6. Click CREATE. WriteLab will email the Assignment to your students.

Edit Assignment

You can change the Assignment’s prompt, specifications, or due date at any time. Students will receive a notification email when you change an Assignment.

  1. Click My Courses and select the Course from the drop-down menu. You may also click on My Courses, select View All, then select the Course from the My Course page.

  2. Select Assignment from the View By drop-down menu to view the list of Assignments for that Course.

  3. Click the name of the Assignment you want to edit.

  4. Click the EDIT button to open the Edit Assignment page.

  5. After making changes, click SUBMIT. WriteLab will automatically send your students an email notifying them that you have updated the Assignment.

Go Back


View Student Drafts

As an instructor, you can view the work your students submit as Assignments.

VIEW AN INDIVIDUAL STUDENT'S WORK

  1. Click on My Courses and select a Course from the drop-down menu.

  2. Use the drop-down menu to view the Course by student.

  3. Click on a student’s name to see a list of the work they have done for the Course.

  4. Click the name of a Document to view it.

VIEW ALL STUDENTS' WORK

  1. Click on My Courses and select a Course from the drop-down menu.

  2. Use the drop-down menu to view the Course by Assignment.

  3. Click on an Assignment's name to see the works students have submitted for it.

  4. Click the name of a student's work to view it.

Respond to Student Drafts

You can respond to student drafts using WriteLab’s Notes function.

Leave a Note

  1. Highlight the text on which you would like to comment.

  2. Click the Notes button in the toolbar under the Draft’s title. The Notes button is grayed-out (disabled) until you highlight text.

  3. Type your Note in the Create Note pop-up window, then click CREATE.

Edit a Note

  1. Click Notes in the Comments panel.

  2. Find the Comment you wish to modify, click in the box, and start typing.

  3. When you have finished editing the Note, click SAVE.

View Analytics

Watch the story of your students' progress unfold with WriteLab's Analytics. See which Comments your students receive, how they interact with WriteLab's feedback, and create custom graphs outfitted with metrics of your choosing.

  1. Click on My Courses and select a Course from the drop-down menu to open the Course’s page. Then click the ANALYTICS button to open the Course’s Analytics page.

Use Graph Filters

Use the Analytics Graph Filters to analyze specific areas of your students' progress.

  1. Select the STUDENT filter and select a single student to create a graph that shows his or her individual progress. Select All Students to view all student progress.
  2. Select the ASSIGNMENT filter and select an individual assignment to create a graph that shows student progress across their drafts for a particular assignment.

Set Up WriteLab

Get Started

  1. Schedule a demo of WriteLab here.

  2. We will add your institution to Writelab, providing you with a writing center within WriteLab.

Invite Tutors

  • (For Admins) Before you start using WriteLab in your Writing Center, your tutors will need accounts.

view tutors:

  1. Click Writing Centers and select your writing center from the drop-down menu.

  2. On your writing center page, you'll see a list of your tutors. If you have no tutors, you can invite some to join.

INVITE TUTORS

  1. From the Writing Center page, click the INVITE TUTORS button to open the Invite Tutors page.
  1. Copy and paste or type the email addresses of the people whom you wish to invite. Email addresses can be separated by commas, spaces, or line breaks.

  2. (Optional) Write a message to accompany the invitation.

  3. (Optional) Check the CC me on the invite emails box if you want WriteLab to send you a copy of the invitation email.

  4. Click Invite.

remove tutors:

  1. Check the box next to the name of the tutor whom you wish to remove.

  2. Click REMOVE.

Invite Students

(For Admins and Tutors) Before you start using WriteLab in your Writing Center, your students will need accounts.

view students:

  1. From the writing center page, click the name of the tutor whose students you wish to view.

  2. On the page for that tutor, you'll see a list of the tutor's students. If the tutor has no students, he or she can invite some.

invite students:

  1. (For Tutors) On the writing center page, click the INVITE STUDENTS button.
  1. Copy and paste or type the email addresses of the people whom you wish to invite. Email addresses can be separated by commas, spaces, or line breaks.

  2. (Optional) Write a message to accompany the invitation.

  3. (Optional) Check the CC me on the invite emails box if you want WriteLab to send you a copy of the invitation email.

  4. Click INVITE.

remove students:

  1. Check the box next to the name of the student whom you wish to remove.

  2. Click REMOVE.

Get Started

Schedule a Webinar

(For Admins) You can schedule a webinar to get a better idea of how WriteLab works and how you can use it.

  1. We will provide you with a 30-minute webinar designed to introduce your tutors and students to a simple, step-by-step process for setting up an account on WriteLab and for integrating WriteLab into their work. During the webinar, we will explain each of the features that distinguish WriteLab, the pedagogy that informs it, and the specific ways in which other writing centers have used it. You'll have access to this webinar throughout the fall.

  2. We will also provide you with access to periodic webinars reporting on the innovative ways in which WriteLab is being incorporated into Writing Centers and classroom instruction.

Start Using WriteLab

(For Admins and Tutors) We want to assure you that you and your tutors can use WriteLab in any way that supports the flow of your daily work. Here are five ways that Writing Center Directors and tutors have used WriteLab successfully during our beta testing.

  1. Students can work through multiple drafts of their essay in WriteLab before they meet with a tutor. When students use WriteLab, they practice making decisions about what it is they want to say and how they want to say it. They are then more confident about declaring that their draft is “ready-to-be-read” by peers, tutors, or an instructor.

  2. Students and tutors can dedicate a tutoring session to working in WriteLab. They can discuss WriteLab’s comments and consider the impact that specific writing choices have on the draft. The tutor can also provide responses by using WriteLab’s Notes function.

  3. Students can use WriteLab while they wait to meet with a tutor.

  4. WriteLab supports asynchronous online tutoring. Students can share their documents with any of your tutors through WriteLab. Your tutors can provide marginal notations using WriteLab’s Notes feature.

  5. Tutors can ask their students to use WriteLab long after the tutoring session has ended.

View Student Drafts

(For Tutors) You can view Drafts that your students have shared with you.

  1. Click on My Courses, then select the name of your Course to view a list of the students enrolled.

  2. Select a student’s name to see the Documents they have added to your Course.

  3. Click the name of the Document to view it.

Review Student Notes

You can also respond to Drafts that students have shared with you.

  1. Click Notes in the Comments Panel. Your Notes will appear below.

  2. Select a Note to see the corresponding part of your Draft, or select the text highlighted by a Note.

Respond to Student Drafts

(For Tutors) You can respond to student drafts using WriteLab’s Notes function.

Make a Note

  1. Highlight the text on which you would like to comment.

  2. Click the NOTE button in the toolbar under the Draft’s title. The Notes button is grayed-out (disabled) until you highlight text.

  3. Type your Note in the Create Note pop-up window, then click NOTE.

Edit a Note

  1. Click Notes in the Comments panel.

  2. Find the Comment you wish to modify, click in the box, and start typing.

  3. When you have finished making changes, click SAVE.

View Analytics

Watch the story of your students' progress unfold with WriteLab's Analytics. See which Comments your students receive, how they interact with WriteLab's feedback, and create custom graphs outfitted with metrics of your choosing.

  1. Click on My Courses and select a Course from the drop-down menu to open the Course’s page. Then click the ANALYTICS button to open the Course’s Analytics page.
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Use Graph Filters

Use the Analytics Graph Filters to analyze specific areas of your students' progress.

  • Select the STUDENTS filter and select a single student to create a graph that shows his or her individual progress. Select All Students to view all student progress.
  • Select the ASSIGNMENT filter and select an individual assignment to create a graph that shows student progress across their drafts for a particular assignment.