February 6, 2019

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab and Chegg Partner to Make World-Class Writing Education Tools More Accessible

Purdue’s expert content and Chegg’s AI-powered platform offer on-demand access to tools that advance student success in school and the workplace

owl-purdue The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) and Chegg, Inc., announced an exclusive agreement to integrate Chegg’s Writing tools with Purdue University’s OWL content to support students on-demand whenever and wherever they need it. Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 6, 2019 -- The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) and Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG), today announced an exclusive agreement to integrate Chegg’s Writing tools with Purdue University’s OWL content to support students on-demand whenever and wherever they need it. This partnership furthers both groups’ shared goal to help students worldwide become better writers.

“This underscores the huge opportunity for traditional education institutions and technology innovators to work together to harness the power of subject matter expertise, premium content, intelligent software and the 24/7 access the internet provides,” said Nathan Schultz, President, Learning Services at Chegg. “We are thrilled Purdue is taking this innovative step with our partnership.  Purdue’s OWL is globally recognized as the 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.”

“Twenty-five years ago, Purdue launched the OWL, extending the innovative learning that happens between tutors and writers on campus and establishing our commitment to online education for students beyond our campus,” said Harry Denny, Associate Professor of English and Writing Lab Director. He added, “By partnering with Chegg, we continue our forward-looking approach to instruction, advocacy, and research around writing and continue to offer this free resource to writers who come to us, literally from schools, businesses, and governments all over the world.”

Writing skills are important to employers even in fields like technology and engineering where strong communications skills are recognized as critical for effective leadership and positive team collaboration. In its Job Outlook 2019 report, The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that written communication tops the list of employers’ most desired skills. 

The Purdue OWL and Chegg partnership aims to address the demand for quality writing and communications skills that align with workplace success. Chegg currently provides more than 30 million students with AI-driven technology to help with citations, grammar and writing improvements, and accidental plagiarism prevention. Through their combined reach and expertise, Purdue OWL and Chegg believe they can help students become better writers on a massive scale.  

Chegg’s writing tools will now integrate OWL’s rules and standards in order to teach students to become better writers. Students will upload their documents and receive AI-enabled instant feedback on grammar, spelling, and how to write more effectively as well as access resources from the OWL on any aspect of writing and at any stage of its development. In this dynamic learning experience, students will receive immediate feedback, with deep context and rich examples.

Additionally, faculty, staff and students from the Purdue Writing Lab and the College of Liberal Arts will provide expertise, insight, and feedback to Chegg on product development and student writing needs which will help shape Chegg’s innovative solutions driven by AI and technology.

About Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

For a quarter century, the Purdue OWL has provided a resource for writers of all ages. In 2017-18, the OWL had 330M visits and 515M page views from around the world. The OWL is maintained by the Writing Lab and administered by the College of Liberal Arts. For more than 43 years, the Writing Lab has provided in-person support for students, faculty and staff while advancing writing-related research and scholarship. Among its recent outreach initiatives is the Purdue OWL YouTube channel. The Purdue OWL is available to all users free of charge. For more information, visit cla.purdue.edu or owl.purdue.edu.

About Chegg

Chegg puts students first. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, Chegg strives to improve the overall return on investment in education by helping students learn more in less time and at a lower cost. Chegg is a publicly-held company based in Santa Clara, California and trades on the NYSE under the symbol CHGG. For more information, visit www.chegg.com.

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Purdue University: Kati Pratt, director of marketing and communications, pratt46@purdue.edu 

Chegg: Kayla Kitamorn, kayla.kitamorn@revereteam.com

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