Teaching Scientific/Academic Writing in the Digital Age

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This paper describes a graduate-level scientific/academic writing course for non-native speakers (NNS) of English at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel, which is taught in a technology-enhanced or blended learning environment. The use and integration of electronic discourses, such as email and Powerpoint, on-screen marking techniques, and submission of written assignments and writing consultancies by email, and asynchronous online discussion forums are described. Features of the HighLearn course-supporting WEB site, which enable the integration of discussion forums into the writing course, are explained. Results of teacher-initiated student evaluations and advantages and dilemmas of teaching scientific/academic writing in the digital age are discussed. The paper concludes with recommendations for future research and suggestions for the further integration of ICT in the scientific/academic writing course.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-54
JournalElectronic Journal of e-Learning
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005


  • Academic Discourse
  • Asynchronous Communication
  • Blended Learning
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Computer Software
  • Electronic Learning
  • Electronic Mail
  • English (Second Language)
  • Foreign Countries
  • Foreign Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Graduate Study
  • Higher Education
  • Information Technology
  • Israel
  • Language Tests
  • Second Language Learning
  • Student Evaluation
  • Teaching Methods
  • Technical Writing
  • Technology Integration
  • Technology Uses in Education
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • Visual Aids
  • Writing (Composition)
  • Writing Assignments
  • Writing Instruction
  • Writing Processes


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