Online Support for Students' Writing Skills Development in a Technical Communication Introductory Module

Online Support for Students' Writing Skills Development in a Technical Communication Introductory Module

Yvonne Cleary (University of Limerick, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-879-1.ch017
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Abstract

This chapter explores the development of online support for writing skills in one technical communication module taught at the University of Limerick. It demonstrates the need for writing support by exploring the many complexities of teaching and learning writing skills. Central to the discussion is the principle of process, rather than product, orientation. Students on the module have been surveyed over the past two years to determine their attitudes to, and perceptions of, their writing strengths and weaknesses. The chapter outlines and exemplifies the types of writing-problems students and instructors identify. Online support is posited as an intervention which facilitates autonomous learning. The chapter concludes by discussing how online resources, and especially the university virtual learning environment, Sakai (called Sulis at University of Limerick), can support students. It also suggests related research opportunities, especially in the area of using Web 2.0 technologies to foster autonomy.
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Background: Support For Writing Skills

This section explores the complexities of writing instruction and examines strategies that may address the challenges.

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