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2/6/2019 7:04:00 PM
Purdue strikes deal between Online Writing Lab, educational tools company

Dave Bangert, Journal and Courier Columnist

WEST LAFAYETTE – The Purdue Online Writing Lab, which draws hundreds of millions of visits a year from students writing term papers and job-seekers crafting resumes, will help power writing tools produced by Chegg, in a deal announced Wednesday afternoon by the university and the Santa Clara, California, company.

“We have so many great resources,” said Harry Denny, a Purdue English professor and director of the Purdue Writing Lab. “This is a great way to put those resources to work.”

Chegg is a publicly traded company that, according to a company account, “provides more than 30 million students with AI-driven technology to help with citations, grammar and writing improvements, and accidental plagiarism prevention.”

Through the Chegg site and apps, students can upload documents and get instant feedback on grammar, spelling and more effective ways to get a point across. Denny said the site would draw advice from the Online Writing Lab’s expertise and give students access the lab’s reference guides on research papers, subject-specific writing and general writing.

“We are thrilled Purdue is taking this innovative step with our partnership,” Nathan Schultz, president of learning services at Chegg. “Purdue’s OWL is globally recognized as a leading authority in writing resources, and by integrating their content with Chegg Writing tools, we will help students everywhere become better writers in school and in their professional careers.”

Denny said this isn’t the first public-private partnership for the Online Writing Lab, which will mark it’s 25th year in 2019. He did not lay out details of the previous partnership.

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