The ORCA connects students to consultants through live voice-chat sessions over the internet. It allows you to meet with a Writing Center consultant even when you can't make it into the Writing Center in person. These online consultations are done through Blackboard Instant Messenger. Through this program, you can share your writing from your computer with a consultant and use voice chat to discuss it together. All you need is a set of speakers, a microphone, and Blackboard IM.
To get Blackboard IM, follow these instructions.
To schedule an ORCA, please click on "Make an Appointment" on our home page. Schedule your appointment like normal, but choose "yes" when asked if you would like an ORCA.