101 Ways To Cafe: Writing Center Edition

As a continuation of the 101 Ways to Cafe blog series (see Part 1: 15 ways to use Solo Recordings), we bring you 16 ways your Writing Center (or Writing Lab) can use Cranium Cafe.

16. Instant virtual writing consultations
17. Each consultant can set their own “Cafe Hours” (during which students can schedule appointments)
18. Each consultant can include areas of expertise on their Cafe Card bio (e.g., grad school applications, MLA style, etc.)
19. Students can schedule appointments for later (during set Cafe Hours)
20. Consultants can work from alternative locations
21. Consultant can share screen with writer to introduce and navigate through useful websites (e.g., PurdueOwl.com)
22. Writer can save & replay archived Cafe for review or later reference
23. Consultants can refer to archives for training purposes — e.g., a consultant handled extenuating circumstances particularly well
24. Writer can pre-upload draft when scheduling a consultation so consultant can look over doc before meeting
25. Consultant can upload handouts (e.g., “APA style” or “writing a thesis statement”) to discuss and review with writer
26. Writer can download marked up draft or handouts at the end of the consultation
27. An instructor’s rubric can be uploaded so writer & consultant can review together
28. Students can build relationships with consultants: just like in the physical Writing Center, a student can return to work with a specific consultant after rapport is established
29. Students can engage consultants with Cafe Chat for quick questions

The two implementation options

Writing Center Canvas CourseWriting Center API Webpage Integration

30. Option one: webpage integration
Embed Cranium Cafe into the Writing Center webpage. This means individualized Cafe Cards for each tutor would appear on the webpage, essentially granting “walk-in” access to any webpage visitor — no special login required. (To see an example, visit Snow College’s Student Success Center webpage.)

31. Option two: Canvas course
Create a Writing Center Canvas course, enroll consultants as “Teachers” or “Teacher’s Assistants” and enroll all students in school as “Observers.” This essentially grants “walk-in” access to anyone enrolled in the course. To access the Writing Center online, students would log in to Canvas and navigate to the Cranium Cafe tab in the Writing Center course. There, the Cafe Cards of consultants would be visible and accessible, but there would be no visible Cafe Cards of other students (meaning students can initiate a Cafe with the consultants but not with other students enrolled in the course). Here, students can initiate an instant Cafe with any consultant who is online and available, or schedule a Cafe with a specific consultant for later.

Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown

Director of Academic Outreach at Cranium Cafe
I'm a higher ed geek and I can usually be found tweeting/blogging/chatting/pondering somewhere about it. Other things I think are awesome: Ender's Game, RadioLab, Game of Thrones, and I have a weird brain crush on the Canvas Network and their interdisciplinary MOOCs. It's just... SO COOL.
Leslie Brown
About the author: Leslie Brown
I'm a higher ed geek and I can usually be found tweeting/blogging/chatting/pondering somewhere about it. Other things I think are awesome: Ender's Game, RadioLab, Game of Thrones, and I have a weird brain crush on the Canvas Network and their interdisciplinary MOOCs. It's just... SO COOL.