Computer-Mediated Collaborative Writing in Language Learning: A Qualitative Research Synthesis

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HAJEEN CHOI

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Computer-mediated communication (CMC) technologies have been widely used in second language learning (L2). Now that AI-based tools have gained popularity in L2 writing, it is the right time to reflect on how CMC has contributed to or posed challenges in L2 writing with its unique characteristics. Notably, it enables collaboration among educational participants, unlike Generative AI, where students interact with machines. This study reviewed empirical studies published between 2010 and 2022 to identify the benefits and challenges of computer-mediated collaborative writing in L2 class. The study revealed that computer-mediated collaborative writing had a generally positive impact on students’ writing skills and motivation. Some challenges were technological limitations and interpersonal issues inherent in human collaboration. More attention should be given to instructional design and instructor facilitation to overcome these issues. Although this study focused on language learning, some implications can be applied to other computer-mediated collaborative writing projects.

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CHOI, H. (2024). Computer-Mediated Collaborative Writing in Language Learning: A Qualitative Research Synthesis. International Journal for Educational Media and Technology, 17(2). Retrieved from https://ijemt.org/index.php/journal/article/view/317
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