A tutorial event on
Wiki for the Academic Writing Classroom

in conjunction with the 18th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2010)
Putrajaya, Malaysia
November 29 or 30, 2010 (Half Day)



Wiki is a Web 2.0 tool that offers a platform for collaboration, co-production of texts, and interaction throughout writing processes (e.g. Bruns & Humphreys, 2005). Its "transparency and openness" (Carr, et al., 2007:280) due to its editable features, lends itself to collaborative, process writing approach. While studies have revealed that wiki is a useful tool to be used to promote second language writing (e.g. Zailin Shah, 2010), its use in writing classrooms is underexplored.


The flow of the tutorial event is as follows:

The first part: The participants will be introduced to the wiki software. This includes, but not limited to, the descriptions of how wiki may serve as the medium for language teaching and learning, particularly in promoting collaborative second language writing.

The second part: The participants will have the opportunities to see the processes of creating and managing wikis. Discussions around the wiki features such as editing, monitoring, uploading files and tracking changes will be held.

The third part: The participants will have the chance to see samples of the wikis as used by the presenters' students in the Academic Writing classrooms.

By the end of the session, the participants will be exposed to the benefits of using wikis specifically in regards to collaborative writing and teacher feedback in the Academic Writing classroom.


The tutorial is limited to 10 participants. It would be helpful if participants use their personal laptops.

All registered participants of the ICCE 2010 are entitled to join this tutorial without additional participation fees. Enrollment should be made via email by October 1, 2010 with details as follows:

Contact person: Dr. Zailin Shah Yusof
Email subject: Participation in tutorial event
Email content: Name and affiliation of the participant