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ERIC Number: ED356490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Feedback That Works: Using the Computer To Respond.
Dickinson, Patricia F.
An instructor of a composition and computers writing course (designed for economically and culturally disadvantaged students) at the State University of New York at Buffalo, developed electronic conferences which combine the capabilities of the computer with the conference approach. The instructor reads students' papers while sitting at the computer and then begins to type, in a conversational format, her comments, ideas, suggestions and examples, geared to the needs and stage of writing of the students. Students continue to revise their papers until they feel the papers are ready for a grade. Final drafts get an analytical scoring and a grade, minus any further comment. Students' oral and written comments in course evaluations and journal entries indicate that students find written comments more helpful than any other type of response. Using the computer as a writing tool for electronic feedback means that writing teachers can generate more and better text in far less time than if they handwrote detailed comments. Electronic conferencing helps writing teachers to read and respond to student papers like a real reader. Teachers' responses should indicate the teachers' writing priorities to the students. Comments should also be specific. One solution to the dilemma that students must be computer literate and accomplished writers is for students to write multiple drafts, each handed back with a lengthy computer-generated comment page of detailed, organized, sensitive commentary; personal feelings and reflections; and clear suggestions and strategies for revision. (Two figures are included; 16 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A