Engaging students in collaborative writing

8 June 2011

How can students benefit from writing collaboratively in an online environment? Join Professor Peter Reimann as he presents "Engaging students in collaborative writing: lessons learned regarding pedagogy and technology".

Abstract: Learning about subject matter and about writing by collaboratively authoring an electronic document is an important variant of computer-supported collaborative learning. Our research (this is a collaboration with Kalina Cullum and Rafael Calvo, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies) has the goal to develop comprehensive software support tools for collaborative discipline-based writing, and to study how the peer and team writing process is affected by the use of these tools. This paper describes initial tool developments that integrate computational document analysis methods with process mining methods into a comprehensive writing environment. I will also report on experiences with students from engineering and from education using these tools for a variety of writing tasks, and draw conclusions for the pedagogical and the technical design aspects of collaborative writing environments.

Peter Reimann is Professor of Education at the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. His primary research is in the area of cognitive learning research with a focus on educational computing, multimedia-based and knowledge-based learning environments, e-learning, and the development of evaluation and assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies. His current research activities comprise among other issues the analysis of individual and group problem solving/learning processes and possible support by means of ICT, and analysis of the use of mobile IT in informal learning settings (outdoors, in museums, etc.).

This seminar is part of a Seminar Series on the Sciences and Technologies of Learning, brought to you by the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo).

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Time: 11.00am to 12.230 pm (Please join us for a cup of tea or coffee at 10:45am)

Location: Rm 230, Lvl 2, A35 Education Building

Cost: Free

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