2007 37th Annual Frontiers In Education Conference - Global Engineering: Knowledge Without Borders, Opportunities Without Passports (2007)
Oct. 10, 2007 to Oct. 13, 2007
T.C. Ahern , West Virginia Univ., Morgantown
J.A. Abbott , West Virginia Univ., Morgantown
Engineers write. However, in most programs there is little emphasis on writing and communication skills. As a result many engineers complete their undergraduate degrees with no formal writing instruction beyond freshman composition. The problem is twofold. First, the majority of higher education faculty members are not trained to provide written commentary, but are expected to provide it. Secondly, in many classrooms writing is viewed as a form of assessment, a snapshot of learning. There is no opportunity or mechanism for revision. Consequently, students view feedback as a type of grade and not as an opportunity to improve their writing. Finally the actual process of providing written commentary on student writing can be very time consuming. This paper reports a study that investigated the effect of a reflective written commentary on the number of drafts students submitted. RedPencil was created to streamline the process of feedback through the use of Internet-based technologies.
Internet, technical writing, communication skill, reflective written commentary, RedPencil
J. Abbott and T. Ahern, "Teaching the teachers: Effective forms of written feedback to help improve technical writing," 2007 37th Annual Frontiers In Education Conference - Global Engineering: Knowledge Without Borders, Opportunities Without Passports(FIE), Milwaukee, WI, 2007, pp. T3B-1-T3B-6.