Grounding collaborative knowledge building in semantics-based Critiquing

Anders I. Mørch*, Kwok Wai Cheung, Kelvin C K Wong, Jiming Liu, Cynthia F K Lee, Mason H. Lam, Janti P. Tang

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this paper we investigate the use of Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA), Critiquing Systems, and Knowledge Building to support computer-based teaching of English composition. We have built and tested an English Composition Critiquing System that make use of LSA to analyze student essays and compute feedback by comparing their essays with teacher's model essays. LSA values are input to a critiquing component to provide a user interface for the students. A software agent can also use the critic feedback to coordinate a collaborative knowledge building session with multiple users (students and teachers). Shared feedback provides seed questions that can trigger discussion and extended reflection about the next phase of writing. We present the first version of a prototype we have built, and report the results from an informal experiment. We end the paper by describing our plans for future work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Web-Based Learning - ICWL 2005
Subtitle of host publication4th International Conference, Hong Kong, China, July 31 - August 3, 2005, Proceedings
EditorsRynson W. H. Lau, Qing Li, Ronnie Cheung, Wenyin Liu
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783540317166
ISBN (Print)9783540278955
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2005
Event4th International Conference on Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2005 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 31 Jul 20053 Aug 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
NameInformation Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI
ISSN (Print)2946-1634
ISSN (Electronic)2946-1642
NameICWL: International Conference on Web-Based Learning


Conference4th International Conference on Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2005
CityHong Kong
Internet address

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Knowledge Building
  • Latent Semantic Analysis
  • Semantic Space
  • Intelligent Tutor System
  • Text Segment


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