The Eighth International Conference on Writing Analytics
Academic Writing in Digital Contexts: Analytics, Tools, Mediality
Digital technologies transform writing and reading fundamentally and lead to new forms of literacy, media use, writing habits and competence profiles. Keeping pace with these developments is a challenge for not only writers in academic settings but also writing teachers. There are simply too many innovations and too little guidance to help select what might be useful for writing classes or seminars. Similarly, for writing researchers, is it a great challenge to react to new research needs and provide adequate methodologies and research strategies. New research settings, media, data collection opportunities and analytic methods have to be created and applied, which, in turn, lead to new research perspectives, discourse communities and exchange forums. In light of these challenges, this conference aims to bring together various disciplines, covering composition and writing research, corpus and computer linguistics, media studies, psychology and educational technology, to provide a setting where knowledge, research results and methodological concepts can be exchanged.
The conference addresses three distinct yet interrelated and complementary study fields to provide a more complete and integrated understanding of the impact new technologies have on writing and teaching of writing in higher education, as well as their implications for learning, thinking, communicating, language use and collaboration. We invite submissions that focus on research-based and conceptually-elaborated studies in the following three adjacent fields. The list of example topics is not exhaustive.
Approaches and technology for data extraction, processing and visualization
Analysis of data from large samples of texts in writing contexts
Corpus and computational linguistics approaches to writing analytics
Use of data for improving writing and writing instruction
Innovations in tools development
Strategies for tools development
Implementation and testing studies
Studies on feedback tools and feedback platforms
Automatic feedback and intelligent tutoring
Media and literacy studies
Exploring the use of new digital writing tools or platforms
Media use, media acceptance and mediality from linguistic perspectives
Studies on writing software and the functionality of word processors
Studies on writing in digital contexts (e.g. collaborative writing, automatic correction etc.)
Call for Papers!
- Papers (20 minutes + 10 QA)
Extended abstract (max. 350 words)
April 21, 2019
Notification of Acceptance
May 15, 2019
Digital writing tools: Teaching and learning needs, theoretical underpinnings, grounded design, linguistic description, and valid evaluation
Prof. Dr. Elena Cotos is faculty in the Applied Linguistics and Technology Program in the Department of English at Iowa State University, United States. Her research interests include automated writing evaluation, corpus-based genre analysis, genre-based writing pedagogy, and language for specific and academic purposes. She has led the research, development, and implementation of tools for computer-assisted learning and assessment, the most notable exemplar being the Research Writing Tutor. She is the author of the book monograph entitled “Genre-based automated writing evaluation for L2 research writing” and has published in a range of journals and edited volumes. Her pedagogically motivated scholarship program has enabled her to translate empirical results to writing pedagogy and to spearhead the founding of the Center for Communication Excellence, which supports the writing needs of postgraduate students and postdoctoral associates at Iowa State University.
How Writing Turned Digital
Dr. Till A. Heilmann is Research Associate at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Bonn. He studied German, media studies, and history. His research areas are in the theory and history of digital media. His recent publications on writing in the digital age include “Comic Sans: The Typographer Replaced.” Unterweiss Bulletin 2 (2018), http://www.ueberschwarz.com/releases/comicsans.html; “Handschrift und Algorithmus [Handwriting and Algorithm].” Diesseits des Virtuellen: Handschrift im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Ed. Urs Büttner et al. München: Wilhelm Fink 2015, pp. 47–61; “Reciprocal Materiality and the Body of Code.” Digital Culture & Society 1/1 (2015): 39–52; “Handschrift im digitalen Umfeld [Handwriting in the Digital Environment].” Osnabrücker Beiträge zur Sprachtheorie (OBST) 85 (2014): 169–192.
Location and Time
September 5 – 6, 2019 (2 full days)
ZHAW Applied Linguistics
110 Swiss Francs
The conference venue is located in Winterthur in the metropolitan area of Zurich. The conference will take place at the Department of Applied Linguistics, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, a 5-minute walk from Winterthur central station. Winterthur can easily be reached by train from Zurich airport (15 minutes), and is approximately 20 minutes away from the center of Zurich.