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Catalyst 2.0 is a Web-based, collaborative, assisted writing environment designed to help students improve their academic writing and research skills.

Catalyst empowers students to:

  • Consistently apply the writing process
  • Efficiently find and accurately document sources
  • Develop a keen sense of audience awareness
  • Effectively apply rhetorical strategies
  • Employ grammatically correct style and usage
  • Apply effective document design

Key Features:

  • Instructor assignable learning activities
  • Integrated online gradebook
  • Browser-based, platform independent collaborative peer review system
  • Writing, research, and bibliography tools
  • Writing tutors (2.0: now with writing "wizards" for even more fine-tuned step-by-step student help)
  • Numerous student writing samples, including complete research paper examples
  • Class roster and gradebook exports to Blackboard, WebCT, or spreadsheet format
  • Writing tips and Web links
  • Browser-based rich text word processing (in peer review module)
  • Grammar style and usage instruction and assessment (greatly enhanced in 2.0)
  • Over 4000 writing and grammar exercises
  • Streaming video and audio
  • Avoiding plagiarism tutorial complete with numerous exercises (2.0: New, enhanced design)
  • Unique, built-in, easy-to-use course management system enables creation of assignments based on any Catalyst resource in 60 seconds or less.

Catalyst content is organized into the following modules:

  1. Learning
  2. Writing
  3. Research
  4. Editing