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The University of Mary Washington’s Digital Knowledge Center provides peer tutoring to all University students on digital projects and assignments.

Students can schedule one-one-one or small group tutorials with a trained peer tutor on a variety of subjects relating to common systems, technologies, and tools used in courses at UMW. Students interested in sitting down with a tutor to discuss an extra-curricular project are also welcome to schedule appointments. When a tutor is available, the Center also provides walk-in assistance.

 

Faculty who wish to incorporate technology into their classes (including Domain of One’s Own, UMW Blogs, and Canvas) are encouraged to reach out to the staff of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT); at the appropriate point in the process, DTLT will bring the DKC into the conversation to ensure that student support is part of any partnership with a faculty member.

Incubator sessions are drop-in hours in HCC 407, during which staff from DTLT and the DKC are on hand to provide students with assistance as they work individually. You may fill out this form to request a session to be held at a time and on a topic that will be helpful for your students. We will do our best to accommodate as many requests as possible. 

Please note that Incubator Sessions are not meant to replace classroom visits and are not designed to accommodate entire classes stopping by during the session.  If you wish to coordinate a classroom visit, please check out DTLT’s classroom visit service.  

You can view any currently scheduled Incubator Sessions (as well as other DKC-sponsored events) on our Events Page.

If you would like to provide information about the DKC in your syllabus, please feel free to use the following:

The Digital Knowledge Center (DKC), located in HCC 408, provides UMW students with peer tutoring on digital projects and assignments. Any student at the University can take advantage of the Center’s services by scheduling an appointment to work one-one-one or in a group with a student tutor. You can schedule a tutorial at http://dkc.umw.edu; while appointments are not required, they are recommended. Tutorials cover a wide-range of topics related to common digital systems, technologies, new media, and tools used in courses at UMW. DKC tutors adhere to the UMW Honor Code during all appointments. They are available to provide guidance and advice, but they cannot create, produce, or edit work on a student’s behalf. You can find out more about what to expect at tutorial at http://dkc.umw.edu/what-to-expect/.

The Digital Knowledge Center provides peer tutoring for all UMW students on a range of technology topics & tools. From time to time, we are asked to tutor on a topic or tool that we cannot add to our tutorial lineup. This policy is an attempt to clarify what kinds of topics & technologies we are likely to add to the Center’s services.

Generally, for a topic or technology to be offered as a tutorial type it must meet the following criteria:

  • It should be able to be used broadly across several departments and programs at the University.
  • It should not be a piece of software or a type of technology that’s use is restricted to a single department or program.
  • The assistance that students require shouldn’t be disciplinarily-specific; a tutor shouldn’t need to be a major in a particular department or trained by a particular faculty member in order to successfully assist other students.

Finally, the DKC doesn’t generally offer tutorials types on broadly-used office productivity software (word processing, spreadsheets, email, etc.) as so many students are already proficient in their use and there are so many useful, online resources available for learning them. Our focus instead has been on staying abreast of tools and technologies that are likely to be new or unfamiliar to students so that they can quickly adapt and adjust to their introduction and usage.

We recognize that defining and developing new tutorial types can involve a tricky balance between what we can support and sustain and what faculty and students may wish to see. To that end, we invite you to contact us if you’d like to discuss a tutorial type and you’re not sure how it fits within the guidelines above.