Exploring the Technology-Writing Connection Through Collaborative Writing in Google Docs


A strong connection between Technology and Writing is seen by many researchers in the field of Foreign Language Learning. They point out the importance of putting the thoughts into words via technology. It provides many tools for students to write online and offline. The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between writing and technology through collaborative writing in Google Docs. The participants of the case study are 14 students who study in the Bachelor study programme “English Language”, in the Faculty of Education and Philology, Department of the Foreign Languages at “Fan S. Noli” University, Korca, Albania. They were divided in two groups: Group A and Group B with 7 members each. The assignments that students had to complete in Google Docs were different. Group A had to write an informal letter and Group B had to write a formal letter. Students had one role within the group: an Initiator, a Topic Facilitator (1 participant), a Content Facilitator (2 participants), an Outlining Facilitator (2 participants) and Reviewing and Editing Facilitators (2 participants). After all the steps of their assignment have been completed, students were allowed to go to Grammarly (https://app.grammarly.com/) to edit the letters that they had written collaboratively. Students seemed to really enjoy taking these opportunities to work in collaboration with their friends. This connection between writing and technology seemed to be very strong and effective.

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Dorela Kaҫauni, “Fan S. Noli” University, Albania

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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To cite this article:
Kaҫauni D. (2023) Exploring the Technology-Writing Connection Through Collaborative Writing in Google Docs ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2023.91
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2023.91

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