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A writing support tool for distance students

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dc.contributor.editor Steenkamp, A.L. 2018-07-18T13:15:24Z 2018-07-18T13:15:24Z 1995 1995
dc.identifier.citation Barrow, J. (1995) A writing support tool for distance students – Papers Delivered at the SAICSIT 95 Research and Development Symposium (South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists), Film Auditorium, University of South Africa, Pretoria, 25-26 May1995, edited by A.L. Steenkamp (UNISA) (ISBN 0-86981-909-7) en
dc.identifier.isbn 0-86981-909-7
dc.description.abstract This paper describes SuperText, a computer program designed to support productive expository writing processes among students at a distance teaching university . Being able to write well is an important communication skill , and the writing process can help to build and clarify the writer's knowledge. Computers can support this by providing a medium to externalise and record the writer's cog nition. Appropriate representaiions for such externalisation are uninstantiated idea labels, instantiated text u nits, and a variety of relationships between these items. SuperText uses these representations to support a range of writing styles. It provides severa l i ndependent 'Views' that represent the structure of the evolving docu ment through expanding hierarchies, each with a variety of presentations. Allied to these Views is a text work space providing access to a database of continuous text nodes. Taken together, these provide an ability to represent global and intermediate structures of the document well beyond that of conventional editors. These aspects were all rated highly by students participating in a series of field trials of SuperText. en
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dc.title A writing support tool for distance students en

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