The UBERdoc: A Comment-Shaping Tool


“The UBERdoc” is a comment-shaping tool for online asynchronous consultations. This document aims to help consultants and instructors address common surface, global, citation, and plagiarism issues in online student work.

See how to use the UBERdoc here!

This document is not intended to be a pre-written response system. Instead, this document provides carefully-developed explanations and ethical responses that can be shaped and tailored to address specific issues in a student’s paper.

Learn more about the purposes and benefits of the UBERdoc.

Learn how the UBERdoc compares to other comment tools.

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Please use and share the UBERdoc as you see fit and alter it based on your writing center or educational institution.

There are three versions of the UBERdoc available:

Full-Screen Use (Last revised 8/24/16)

Side-by-Side Use with a Student’s Paper (Last revised 8/24/16)

Google Doc UBERdoc (Last revised 8/24/16)

Suggested UBERdoc Citation

De Herder, W. E. (2016). The UBERdoc: A comment-shaping tool. async: online resources for online writing centers. Retrieved from

Suggested Training for Consultants

It is suggested consultants be trained to work with the UBERdoc in a specific way. Consultants should not rely on the UBERdoc to make the majority of their comments, nor should they treat the UBERdoc as a stock comment database. All text copied from the UBERdoc should be shaped to meet the needs of each individual session. Examples in copied text can be changed to address specific concerns in an individual document. A training course of six practice papers is suggested, each escalating in difficulty (from a short freshman composition paper written by a native speaker to a long MA thesis written by a non-native speaker). Consultants should practice working with the UBERdoc in these sessions, familiarizing themselves with the document’s organization and shortcut keys. Consultants should also practice limiting the amount of feedback they provide and limiting the amount of time they spend on each practice document. Each completed training paper should be assessed in terms of how well the consultant has remained non-directive and supportive, as well as how the consultant has incorporated text from the UBERdoc.