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ERIC Number: ED440383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May-16
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: N/A Writing Lab or Jiffy-Editing Service?
Moe, Holly K.
A study investigated the usefulness of an online writing lab, Smarthinking, in a college writing tutorial program. The study investigated 4 issues: what Smarthinking is and how it works; what students think of the program; what instructors think of the program; and whether Smarthinking is cohesive with writing center principles and procedures. A total of 97 anonymous responses were received to a survey of students and writing center tutors. Results indicated that: (1) students reacted positively to the program and would utilize it in the future; (2) instructors were positive but noncommittal about utilizing the program and offered several improvement suggestions; and (3) Smarthinking does not coincide with the interpersonal interaction characteristic of the writing center. Findings suggest that while Smarthinking provides good editorial service, the educational value for developing writers using such a program may be minimal. Additional research is needed to develop an interactive, explanative, in-depth online tutorial component for programs like Smarthinking. (Contains 26 references. Appendixes contain survey instruments, interview questions, and graphs of data.) (EF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A