Grounding collaborative learning in semantics-based critiquing

Kwok Wai CHEUNG, Anders I. Mørch, Kelvin C K WONG, Cynthia F K LEE, Jiming LIU, Mason H. Lam

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In this article 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 makes 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 three experiments. We end the paper by describing our plans for future work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods and Applications for Advancing Distance Education Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Issues and Solutions
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781605663425
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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