The Computer as Means of Communication for Peer-Review Groups

Thea van der Geest, Tim Remmers

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In a scientific-writing course, 15 of 54 students used a review-supporting computer program, PREP-EDITOR (PREP), to communicate with their peers about drafts. In an exploratory study, 10 students were interviewed regularly: 5 used PREP and 5 met face-to-face to exchange comments on drafts. The study showed that use of PREP did not increase time spent on various writing activities. The PREP group reported a large number of computer-related problems, whereas the non-PREP group reported more difficulties with assignments and course organization. It appeared that the technology was omnipresent in PREP users' perception of the course. The system of computer-mediated peer review has many of the drawbacks of 'distance learning,' but because networks are increasingly used by collaborating authors, we should teach our students how to use them sensibly.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)237-250
Number of pages14
JournalComputers and composition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • METIS-148819
  • Coauthoring composition instruction computer-assisted writing instruction computer-mediated communication evaluation research peer review PREP-EDITOR
  • IR-34127

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