Students' attitudes and preferences towards google docs as a collaborative writing platform

Kok Yueh Lee, David Geraint Hassell

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Abstract

This paper presents findings on the application of Google Docs as a collaborative writing platform for a research report assignment. Based on a mixed method study, 34 first year students were put into eight groups of four to five and tasked with writing a research report. Four groups adopted Google Docs to discuss and develop the assignment whilst the other four groups adopted a more traditional face-to-face approach. Two sets of questionnaires, pre and post to the assignment, were distributed to investigate students' attitude and preference towards both approaches. Findings indicate that students shared mixed feelings towards Google Docs where students without prior experience found it a positive experience and useful for their learning. Students preferred the real-time accessibility and time-saving features of the platform as compared to face-to-face, with results indicating that a blended approach of online and face-to-face meetings is the best approach to maximise student learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Collaborative Writing
  • Google Docs
  • Higher Education
  • Online Collaboration
  • Report Writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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