2D5331 Computer support for the writing process

Graduate course (5 credits), Autumn 1995


Kerstin Severinson Eklundh, NADA/IPLab

Goal of the course


The participants are assumed to be familiar with computers and word processing. Knowledge corresponding to a basic course in Human-Computer Interaction is desirable. Previous background in cognitive psychology and/or linguistics is an advantage.

Course contents

Research traditions in the study of writing. Cognitive models of the writing process. Observation methods. The impact of computers as a medium for writing. Cognitive-based computer writing environments. Design issues in computer support for planning, reviewing and proofreading. Interactive reading environments. Models for collaborative writing.

A small empirical study (in groups of 2 or 3 students).


Seminars will run approximately once a week from September to January. The last part (November-January) consists of seminars in which the participants present assignments within a special interest area.


A collection of articles will be distributed. In addition, the participants are expected to search for and distribute certain literature within their interest area.

Literature distributed so far


Active participation in seminars and lectures. A written summary of certain literature. Obligatory exercises and a completed user study.

Preliminary course schedule