Digital histories for the digital age: Collaborative writing in large lecture courses

Leen Kiat Soh, Nobel Khandaker, William G. Thomas

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Abstract

The digital environment has had an immense effect on American society, learning, and education: we have more sources available at our fingertips than any previous generation. Teaching and learning with these new sources, however, has been a challenging transition. Students are confronted with an ocean of digital objects and need skills to navigate the World Wide Web and numerous proprietary databases. Writing and disciplinary habits of mind are more important than ever in this environment, so how do we teach these in the digital age? This paper examines the current digital environment that humanities faculty face in their teaching and explores new tools that might support collaborative writing and digital skills development for students. In particular, this paper considers the effectiveness of a specially configured multi-agent wiki system for writing in a large lecture humanities course and explores the results of its deployment over two years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference e-Learning 2013
Pages91-98
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Oct 25 2013
EventInternational Conference e-Learning 2013, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2013, MCCSIS 2013 - , Czech Republic
Duration: Jul 23 2013Jul 26 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference e-Learning 2013

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference e-Learning 2013, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2013, MCCSIS 2013
CountryCzech Republic
Period7/23/137/26/13

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Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Digital History
  • Digital Humanities
  • History
  • Multiagent
  • Wiki
  • Writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Respiratory Care

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Soh, L. K., Khandaker, N., & Thomas, W. G. (2013). Digital histories for the digital age: Collaborative writing in large lecture courses. In Proceedings of the International Conference e-Learning 2013 (pp. 91-98). (Proceedings of the International Conference e-Learning 2013).