The University of Sydney

STAFF GUIDE TO THE WRITE SITE

 
 

Introducing the WriteSite to students

It is a good idea to introduce the WriteSite and explain the benefits of using it to students early in semester. Students will be more motivated to use the site if they have a clear understanding of how to use it and how it can help them. It also provides them with the opportunity to improve the quality of their writing before they begin their major assignments.

Demonstrating live

A live demonstration has the advantage of allowing you to step the students through the login process and show them how to navigate the site. The practice activities and animations can be shown in motion which is likely to capture student interest and any questions can be answered with reference to the appropriate area of the site.

Lecture theatres are equipped with computers that have access to the network. If in doubt, ask the Lecture Theatre Attendant and test the connection prior to the lecture.

ICT Audio Visual services provide user support in teaching venues. They can be contacted on x16000 (menu option 2), 8am–9pm Monday to Friday during semester, and 8am–6pm Monday to Friday during semester breaks. The Audio Visual Services support page is at: http://sydney.edu.au/ict/audiovisual/support/index.shtml.

Demonstrating using PowerPoint

If your venue does not allow live demonstration, this PowerPoint presentation containing screen shots of the WriteSite can be downloaded to your computer and added to your website in the learning management system (LMS).

To download the PowerPoint presentation:

  • on a Mac, right click on the link above and choose 'Save Link As'
  • on a PC, right click on the link above and click 'Save Target As'.

Note the location that you save to.

Demonstrating in a computer lab

If you have a small cohort of students, you might like to consider booking a computer teaching lab to allow your students to browse the site and get comfortable with using it.

Student handout

The handout for students can be downloaded and printed for distribution in class. It gives a brief overview of the purpose of the WriteSite, information on accessing the site and contact details for technical and academic support.

To download the handout:

  • on a Mac, right click on the link above and choose 'Save Link As'
  • on a PC, right click on the link above and click 'Save Target As'.

Note the location that you save to.