2D5331 Computer support for the writing process
Overview of the course. The nature of writing. Research traditions in the study of writing.
6/9 Cognitive models of writing
Writing subprocesses. The problem-solving character of writing. Writing strategies.
27/9 Methods of observing the writing process
Think-aloud methodology, logging, video-recording, retrospective interviews.
4/10 Computer-based vs. paper-based writing
The word processor as a writing medium. Impact of word-processing on planning and revising.
18/10 Cognitive-based writing environments
NoteCards. Writing Environment, Writer's Assistant.
Storyspace. Designer's Notepad.
25/10 Design of computer support for planning
Outlining; brainstorming;idea processing.
Task & individual differences.
1/11 Design of computer support for reviewing and revising
Revision and history tools.
8/11 Interactive reading environments
Hypertext as a medium for reading and writing.
Browsers for various purposes.The World Wide Web.
15/11 Tools for writing as a cooperative activity
Models for cooperation. Coordination in various stages of writing. Taxonomy of cooperation tools.
1. Self-report on writing habits (questionnaire).
2. Think-aloud methods.
3. Logging methods.
4. Evaluation of a planning tool.
5. Evaluation of a proofreading tool.
6. Evaluation of a tool for collaborative writing.