Supporting Academic Writing

We are developing a comprehensive set of tools for supporting the teaching of academic writing.

  • Management and scaffolding tools for instructors for individual or collaborative writing activities. We currently use these tools in classes with over 250 students. They provide peer-reviewing, assessment and more. They work with a strong integration to Google Apps.
  • Automatic feedback tools for students (aka 'Glosser') that provide students with reflection triggers, document visualization and group activity features.
  • Reflective Writing Studios - RWS. We spend so much time writing, yet we know little about which behaviors and contexts help us be more productive and enjoy the writing. The RWS helps writers reflect on what happened during a writing session.
  • Interactive content and tutorials that help students with the most common problems encountered by students of academic writing. It includes a section on 'writing clearly', and on specifc genres (eg. report writing).

Selected Publications

iWrite and Glosser

R.A Calvo, S.T O’Rourke, J. Jones, K. Yacef, P. Reimann. (2011) "Collaborative Writing Support Tools on the Cloud". IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. 4 (1) pp 88-97 DOI.
R.A. Calvo and R.A. Ellis (2010). "Students' conceptions of tutor and automated feedback in professional writing". Journal of Engineering Education. pp 427-438. 99(4)

Generating questions automatically
Liu, M., Calvo, R. A., & Rus, V. (2010). Automatic Question Generation for Literature Review Writing Support. Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Pittsburgh, USA. Springer LNCS 6094. pp 45-54
Ming Liu, Rafael A. Calvo (2009). "n Automatic Question Generation Tool for support of Sourcing and Integration in Students' Essays", in Proc. Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS), Sydney, Australia

Supporting Writing Processes
V. Southavilay, K. Yacef, and R. A. Calvo, "Process Mining to Support Students' Collaborative Writing " in Third International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM2010), A. Merceron, P. Pavlik, and R. Baker, Eds. Pittsburgh, USA, 2010.Best YRT paper Award.
Vilaythong Southavilay, Kalina Yacef, Rafael A. Calvo (2009). "WriteProc: A Framework for Exploring Collaborative Writing Processes", in Proc. Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS), Sydney, Australia.

Generating cognitive visualizations
S. O’Rourke, R.A. Calvo and D. McNamara (2011) “Visualizing Topic Flow in Students’ Essays”. Journal of Educational Technology and Society. pp 4-15.
J. Villalon, R.A. Calvo (2011) “Concept maps as cognitive visualizations of writing assignments”. Journal of Educational Technology and Society. pp. 16-27

Jorge Villalon, Rafael A. Calvo. "Single Document Semantic Spaces". The Australasian Data Mining conference, Melbourne, Australia December, 2009.

Stephen O'Rourke, Rafael A. Calvo "Semantic visualisations for academic writing support". Proceedings of the 14th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Brighton, UK, July 2009, IOS Press. [PDF]


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