Using Google Documents to Enhance Peer Editing


Two common goals of writing instructors are to foster collaborative writing and to encourage students to develop independent peer-editing skills. One of the most commonly cited deficiencies in EFL writing, however, is that students tend to depend too heavily on feedback from their teachers, especially within cultures that are teacher-centered. Also, students often view peer editing as impractical and unnecessary since they often have trouble identifying mistakes in their own work. The researchers used Google Documents to conduct action research encouraging students to become more active learners and create a more interesting, practical, and up-to-date approach to the traditional peer-editing process. Google Documents is a cloud based word processing program that allows students to share writing and collaborate in real time via the Internet. This poster session will outline the steps involved in implementing this technology to conduct action research on peer editing in EFL writing classes.

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Valadom Virawong, Mahidol University International College, Thailand
Gary Waddell, Mahidol University International College, Thailand

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Conference: ACSET2015
Stream: Education and Technology: Teaching

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