For online appointments, students connect to consultants through live voice-chat sessions over the internet. This allows you to meet with a Writing Center consultant even when you can't make it into The Writing Center in person. Online consultations are done through Blackboard Instant Messenger. Through this program, you can share your writing from your computer and use voice chat to discuss it. You'll need a set of speakers, a microphone, and Blackboard IM*. If these are not available to you, it might be best to come in-person to The Writing Center if possible.
How to Prepare for an Online Appointment
1. Download Blackboard IM*
To get Blackboard IM, follow these instructions. It's best to download this with plenty of time before your session, as you may run into issues. If you have any issues downloading Blackboard IM, feel free to contact the IT Help Desk at (719) 255-3536.
2. Make sure you have working speakers and a microphone or a headset
3. Schedule an appointment
To schedule an online appointment, please click on "Make an Appointment" on our home page. Schedule your appointment like normal, but choose "yes" in the drop down menu that asks if you would like an online appointment.
It's best to get set-up a few minutes early, just in case you run into issues. If you have any problems, please call The Writing Center at 719-255-4336.
Sometimes the UCCS network will cause slow connections in Blackboard IM. If this happens, you may need to reschedule your appointment or come to the Center in-person. Your consultant will discuss these options with you if Blackboard IM is not working due to technology issues.
The Writing Center can facilitate students who wish to reflect on their experience after a consultation. One way we do this is through providing a student self-assessment form. In addition to promoting growth and self-awareness, a completed self-assessment form can be turned in to a course instructor to show that the student had a consultation about their writing assignment. Click the link below to download. Copies are also available in the Writing Center.