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1 WHAT IS THE OWL? Business Communication & Professional Development

2 PURPOSE: To give students A tool to increase communication skills in a business environment.

3 What is the OWL? Online Writing Lab on Blackboard Learn - Online Instruction & Testing - 4 Core Modules, 6 Supplemental Modules -Study Module, Post-test

4 ACCESSING THE OWL 1. Log into your Blackboard Learn course link. 2. Click on “OWL: Online Writing Lab” (left side of page) 3. Review the various OWL links

5 WHY THE OWL? Daily Executive Communication - 90% of time  Reading, Writing, Speaking, & Listening Communication skills are the #1 requirement for leadership success.

6 LEARNING MODULES Total of 10: 4 Core, 6 Supplemental, 2 extra credit  Study Module (Learning)  Post Test (What do you now know)

7 FOUR CORE MODULES Mechanics Module Composition Module Writing Style Module Critical Thinking Module

8 FOUR SUPPLEMENTAL MODULES Résumé Module Cover Letter Module Module Presentation Module

9 TWO EXTRA CREDIT MODULES Report Module Citation Module

10 TIME DEDICATION Core  Module: Unlimited study time – designed to take 1 ½ hours to comprehend fully  Tests: 20 minutes max Supplemental & Extra Credit  Module: Unlimited study time – designed to take 1 ½ hours to fully comprehend  Test: 10 minutes max

11 Important Notes Points Are Usually Lost Because:  Last day computer crashes, Internet loss  Incompatibility issues; can’t access UTSA server (usually over the weekend, or holiday) DO NOT USE WI-FI !!!!!

12 ASSESSMENTS (Tests/Quizzes) You may access the study modules for as long and as often as you wish Assessments may only be taken ONCE

13 OWL EXAMPLE Accessing Critical Thinking Core Module

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18 ANATOMY OF A TEST

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20 SUPPLEMENTAL MODULES From the “Get Started” Page:

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24 SUCCESS TIPS Use Firefox or Chrome Browser Plan Ahead – Deadlines not extended Read all Instructions Don’t Stop Once Assessment started Use Table of Contents, Breadcrumbs, Course Menu, Drop Down Menu, & Icons

25 SUCCESS TIPS 2.0 Something ALWAYS goes wrong, so take tests early. “My computer crashed,” “I had a power outage,” “I had a connection problem,” BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. These are quibbles—NOT legitimate reasons for failing to complete OWL assignments on time.

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