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Title: Improving Revision in Wiki-based Writing: Coordination Pays off
Authors: Wichmann, Astrid
Becker, Marina
Rummel, Nikol
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Wichmann, A., Becker, M., & Rummel, N. (2012). Improving Revision in Wiki-based Writing: Coordination Pays off. In van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M. J., & Reimann, P. (Eds.), The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) – Volume 1, Full Papers (pp. 355-362). Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Despite the potential of wiki-based writing for learning, students struggle with collaborative writing especially when it is necessary to revise text-sections that are written by others. The study investigated whether collaboration scripts help improving students revision activities and the quality of wiki-texts. We compared scripted (script ) with unscripted (script-) collaboration in a wiki-based writing setting that was adapted for educational purposes. Students from two university courses participated in a one week collaborative writing activity. Results showed that students in the scripted condition outperformed students in the unscripted condition with respect to revision behavior and text-quality. Results from analyzing students' discussions during the writing activity revealed increased coordination concerning task division and increased communication frequency for students in the scripted condition. Results indicate that collaboration scripts may trigger coordination. Our findings suggest that wikis are suitable to foster writing skills in university settings if wikis are tailored to educational contexts.
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