What is the OWL?

  • The OWL is the Online Writing Lab, a service that permits UWF students to submit their papers online via eLearning and retrieve the feedback at a later time.
  • An OWL staff member reads each electronic subjugation, makes comments and suggestions using Microsoft Word, and then uploads the feedback copy to the suitable eLearning dropbox.
  • We help students locate errors in grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.
  • Reminisce that the final product is still your responsibility—neither the paper reader nor the Writing Lab can be held responsible for the grade you receive.

How do I sign up?

To enroll in the OWL, do the following:

  • Go to elearning.uwf.edu and log in.
  • Once on your eLearning homepage, scroll down and look on the left-hand side for the link “Student eLearning Communities.” Click on this link.
  • After clicking “Student eLearning Communities,” you may be prompted to log in again.
  • Click on the “Online Writing Lab” link.
  • Click the “Submit” button.
  • If this link doesn’t show up, attempt using a different web browser. Students may practice fewer problems with eLearning when they use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. If you have attempted all four of these browsers and still can’t find this link, please contact the UWF ITS Help Desk at 474-2075.
  • It will take 24 hours for your OWL enrollment request to be processed. After this time period, a fresh course titled “Online Writing Lab – SPECIAL.OWL” should show up on your eLearning class list.

    For extra help enrolling in the OWL, click on this link .

    How do I submit a paper to the OWL’s dropbox?

    To submit your paper for an online paper reading, do the following:

  • Find and click the “Assessments” link near the top of the page.
  • Select “Dropbox” from the dropdown.
  • Click the folder labeled “Submit Paper Here for (the current date range). ”
  • Click the “Add a File” button and upload your assignment (in .doc. docx, or .rtf format, please) from your computer.
  • Come in the following information into the Comments box: your professor’s name, the name of your course, the assignment due date, the assigned documentation style, and your professor’s instructions for the assignment you are submitting.
  • Click “Submit.”
  • You do not need to be online at the same time that the paper reader is working on your draft. For information on retrieving the feedback, see “How do I retrieve and read the feedback?” section below.
  • What can I submit?

  • You may submit any assignment you choose, course or non-course related, except a thesis or dissertation. If you are working on a thesis or dissertation, please call the Writing Lab at (850) 474-2129 to make a face-to-face or Elluminate appointment.
  • You may submit papers of any length. However, we devote only an hour to each paper, and we cannot ensure that we will get through a certain number of pages or words in that time. Feel free to resubmit a paper that was only partially finished.
  • You may submit only one paper at a time. You may not make an extra obedience until feedback on the very first obedience has been returned.
  • Please upload your obedience in .doc. docx, or .rtf format.
  • When should I submit?

  • The weekly dropbox opens and closes at the following times:
  • Wednesday, Four:00 p.m.

  • Keep in mind that we may have to close the weekly dropbox early if the number of submissions exceeds our capability to read them all;
  • Because of high volume in the OWL, we reserve the right to open, close, or reopen regular dropboxes whenever necessary;
  • The OWL staff will read OWL submissions during weekday hours of operation only;
  • We will attempt to have your paper returned to you within two days of your subjugation, not including weekends or holidays. We call this our two-day turnaround policy;
  • We cannot read papers the day they are due, so attempt to submit your paper at least three days before its deadline;
  • Consult the chart below to determine when you should submit your paper to ensure that it is returned in time;
  • In the fall and spring, OWL hours are Monday – Friday Ten:00 a.m. to Five:00 p.m.
  • In the summer, OWL hours are Monday – Thursday Ten:00 a.m. to Four:00 p.m.
  • Summer Comeback Chart

    Fall/Spring Comeback Chart

    If you submit your paper on

    You will likely get it back on

    How do I retrieve and read the feedback?

  • Find the dropbox to which you submitted your assignment.
  • If your paper has been read and the feedback returned, a link will show up in the “Feedback” column.
  • Read the feedback message and download the feedback copy of your paper.
  • Below are the formatting guidelines we go after when providing feedback:

  • We use yellow highlighting to bring attention to errors or other issues.
  • Our comments will be blue and underlined.
  • We will bold suggested additions or replacements.
  • We will often use green highlighting or another color of highlighting to indicate multi-part errors.
  • Recall, we provide you with suggestions only; the final product is your responsibility.

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