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.)
Prof. Dr. Elena Cotos
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.
Prof. Dr. Mike Sharples
Connecting theory and practice in writing with technology
Prof. Dr. Mike Sharples is Emeritus Professor of Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University. His research involves human-centred design of new technologies and environments for learning. He inaugurated the mLearn conference series and was Founding President of the International Association for Mobile Learning. As Academic Lead for the FutureLearn company, he informed the design of its social learning approach. He leads the nQuire project with the BBC to develop a new platform for inquiry-led learning at scale. He founded the Innovating Pedagogy report series and is author of over 300 papers in the areas of educational technology, science education, human-centred design of personal technologies, artificial intelligence and cognitive science.
Dr. Till A. Heilmann
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.
7th International Conference
on Writing Analytics
St Petersburg, Florida, USA 2019
6th International Conference
on Writing Analytics
Actionable Data for Teaching and Learning Writing
Malmö University, Sweden, 2018
5th International Conference
on Writing Analytics
(North American Meeting)
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA 2018 https://writinganalytics.colostate.edu
4th International Conference
on Writing Analytics
Writing Analytics, Data Mining, and Student Success 2017.
St Petersburg, Florida USA
Location and Time
September 5 – 6, 2019 (2 full days)
ZHAW Applied Linguistics
110 Swiss Francs
Special Hotel Conference Rate
We have made some special arrangements with two local hotels. See below for further information.
- 1. Hotel Wartmann
is perfectly located 5 minutes from the conference venue and 2 minutes from Winterthur central station (where you will probably arrive from Zurich airport). It is family run, not posh, but very decent. We have reserved 51 rooms from Wednesday (Sept. 4th) until Saturday (Sept. 7th) or Sunday if you wish. We recommend all presenters to stay there. The rate is very competitive (including breakfast): Wednesday/Thursday 129 SFR/night, Friday to Sunday: 109 SFR/night for single rooms (plus guest tax). You can cancel your booking 3 days in advance at no cost. This offer terminates 5th of August!
Book rooms for a special group rate
- 2. We have also reserved a smaller number of rooms (15) at a little more posh location – Hotel Plaza. 145 SFR/night for a single room plus guest tax. Located in the old city centre, it is about a 10-minute walk to the conference. Registration code: writinganalytics. Free cancellation up to 14 days before arrival. The offer terminates 14 days before the conference!
- 3. Please note that via booking.com or similar online booking service you may find more hotels (often you will get better offers when you book directly with the hotels). The Ibis hotel, for example, is probably among the cheapest, still fine and still within walking distance (about 20 minutes away).
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.
Conference Chairs and Organizing Committee
- Christian Rapp
Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
Educational Technology Group
ZHAW School of Management and Law
- Otto Kruse & Noah Bubenhofer
Institute of Language Competence (ILC)
Digital Linguistics Group
ZHAW School of Applied Linguistics