ERIC Number: ED334554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: 0
Using A Local Area Network and Other Software With Adults.
Chase, Dorothy D.
A computer-based collaborative approach to writing like the Daedalus Instructional System (DIS) can help students to learn to write for communication and to read for understanding. The DIS, created to reflect the collaborative learning philosophy, is networked, and fosters communication through reading and writing. The system provides CONTACT, an electronic mail board; QUICKSTART, a word processor; MINDWRITER and DESCANT, a series of prompts to generate ideas and aid in the review of writing; UTILITIES, a 'housekeeping' program; and INTERCHANGE, a real-time writing program. INTERCHANGE and CONTACT can be used together for collaborative writing. While students in the reading program at Community College of Southern Nevada began by using the DIS in class once a week, they soon chose to meet in the lab for both class periods, and even began to compose on the computer, collaborate with each other, and spend long hours writing voluntarily. As they took responsibility for their own work, and as they read the models provided by their instructor who participated in INTERCHANGE discussions and on the electronic mailboard, their writing became more precise. In addition, the computer skills they learned will carry over into the workplace and into other courses studied. Finally, although students who used DIS showed no significant improvement on ABLE, a reading placement test created by The Psychological Corporation, they did become more confident writers and showed improvement in structure, mechanics and vocabulary. Their self-esteem was visibly higher, and they showed more enjoyment in the writing process. (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Collaborative Learning; Community College of Southern Nevada; Computer Assisted Writing; Writing Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).