Encouraging IT students to get serious about assignment writing: evaluation of a Web-based initiative
Internet and Higher Education Volume 6, Number 4 ISSN 1096-7516 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Traditionally, students attending university have received support for their assignment writing within a face-to-face framework. Academic writing support delivered via the Internet needs to be rendered in very subject-specific terms for the resource to be perceived as valuable. This paper reports on a project involving writing support staff and a computer science subject leader to develop and evaluate a Web-based academic skills tutorial. The tutorial sought to provide online learning support for interpreting an information technology (IT) assignment topic, extracting information from sources, and integrating the material into a report with the support of online lexical tools. The evaluation sought to determine whether the students found the resource helpful, if improvements were still required, and what implications there were for integrating the resource with subject teaching. Students perceived most value in those sections of the resource that provided them with examples and models, and least in those that required them to engage in interactive activity.
Clerehan, R., Kett, G., Gedge, R. & Tuovinen, J.E. Encouraging IT students to get serious about assignment writing: evaluation of a Web-based initiative. Internet and Higher Education, 6(4), 327-346. Elsevier Ltd.