Using the W Drive

The W drive is the Writing Center’s network drive (writprog on ‘Es-filer-01’).  This is where each student can find a folder just for them, where they drop portfolios and writing samples, and retrieve their writing evaluations.  This is also where faculty portfolio readers can access and review students’ Phase 4 portfolio submissions.

Students have seven folders in their W: Drive folder -- one for each phase of the Writing Program to which they have both "drag and drop" and "read-only" access, a “Evaluations” folder where students can view writing and other portfolio evaluations (this folder is “read-only” for students), and a “Working Space" folder.

The “Working Space” folder:

In this folder, students can save any of their papers from the Writing Seminar and any other class.  Students have both “Read” and “Write” access to this folder, so they can save papers here that are either final or works-in-progress, edit them, rename files, etc.  (Note that while they can save writing files here, they cannot save downloads or other personal files to this folder.) 

Please strongly encourage your students to use this Working Space folder as a place to store and work on any and all papers that they will be writing throughout their experience at Principia College.  Papers saved on students’ personal computers are always in danger of being lost as a result of computer crashes.  Because the W: drive is backed up several times a day, papers saved in the Working Space folder are safe for eternity.  Click here to view and/or print out the "Your Dog Can't Eat the W Drive" handout explaining benefits of the Working Space folder to students.

Accessing student portfolios

  1. Click on My Computer.
  2. Open W: Drive (labeled: writprog on ‘Es-filer-01\writcnt’ (W:)).
  3. Find file corresponding to first letter of student’s last name.
  4. Open file labeled with student’s name.
  5. Open file labeled Phase 4.
  6. Documents for the current submission period will be immediately visible within the Phase 4 folder.  Do not open files labeled Previous Submission, as they have already been read and evaluated. 

Instructions for students on how to drag and drop documents into their W drive folders

  1. Click on My Computer.
  2. Open W: Drive (labeled: writprog on ‘Es-filer-01\writcnt’ (W:)).
  3. Find file corresponding to first letter of your last name.
  4. Open file labeled Your Name (while you can open the folders labeled Phase 1- Phase 6 to see what’s in them, the documents in these folders are “Read-Only” and cannot be changed or moved. You can only drag and drop documents into them.).
  5. In another window, open the folder containing the file you wish to drop.
  6. Making sure that both windows are visible on screen at the same time, Drag and drop” the document from your file into the appropriate Writing Center folder as follows:





Writing Seminar Portfolios (2)

Phase 1

FYE cover letter, annotated bibliography and sample paper

Phase 2

WRP writing sample

Phase 3

Phase 4 writing portfolio (all pieces)

Phase 4

Phase 5 paper

Phase 5

Capstone paper

Phase 6