A synchronous scaffolding environment for collaborative technical writing

Shiou-Wen Yeh, Jia Jiunn Lo*, Jeng Jia Huang, Zhen Yu Fan

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study developed a synchronous scaffolding environment for teaching technical writing that provides process-oriented collaborative writing supports and practices. This study also examined the effects of the system on EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students' collaborative writing experiences. In the experiment, a "process writing wizard" was created to guide students to complete an essay using comparison and contrast as the rhetorical form. The system provides step-by-step scaffolding guidance and allows multiple students to work synchronously on collaborative writing via Internet. To investigate the learning experiences of the students, five constructs - perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, attitude to use, intention to use, and perceived response time from peers - were employed to examine if students feel comfortable in the multi-task, multi-user environments. The experimental results are encouraging in that they are consistent with the research propositions. The students also show positive continuing motivation to use the proposed system in future writing tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnologies for E-Learning and Digital Entertainment - Second International Conference, Edutainment 2007, Proceedings
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event2nd International Conference on Edutainment, Edutainment 2007 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 11 Jun 200713 Jun 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4469 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Conference on Edutainment, Edutainment 2007
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Collaborative learning
  • Process writing
  • Synchronous scaffolding
  • Technical writing

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