When: Friday, May 1, 2015, 8:30am-1:00pm
Where: Gallery Room, Memorial Union
All are invited to the third CyWrite Retreat in the Gallery Room of the Memorial Union on Friday, May 1 from 8:30am through 1:00pm. CyWrite is a software tool for automated linguistic analysis and feedback on students’ writing. Led by Dr. Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen in the English Department at Iowa State University, the team of faculty and students has developed CyWrite over the past two years. All academic writing classes for students of English as a second language (ESL) are using CyWrite integrated into the Moodle system this semester. You are invited to join us for the retreat to discover CyWrite and, if you are interested, to learn how you can use CyWrite for your class or for particular individuals in your classes.
The retreat will be conducted as an interactive forum consisting of pods of interest set up at four tables. You are invited to join one or more tables during your visit, any time between 8:30 and 1:00. Each table will be hosted by CyWrite team members. You are welcome to bring your laptop. Teachers exploring the potential use of CyWrite for their students or for their research are invited to bring some example papers to experiment with CyWrite during the session.
Attending the event is free, but we ask that you register if you plan to attend. We will provide breakfast and lunch.
The four tables will host the following interests:
- CyWrite 101: Participants at this table will learn what CyWrite is and how they can use it in their writing classes. This table will be hosted by teachers using CyWrite this semester who will share their experiences in using CyWrite in class and will demonstrate CyWrite’s functionality.
- Feedback on Students’ Writing: This table will examine CyWrite feedback and its role in teaching. Participants will also brainstorm about the research that can be done to better understand forms that CyWrite feedback now takes and could take in the future. For example, research issues may cover both phrasing and presentation of feedback as well as methods for piloting and selecting among alternate versions so as to optimize utility.
- Cyberlearning of Writing: This table will discuss innovative classroom uses of biometric technologies, which have been traditionally confined to psycholinguistic labs: keystroke logging, eye tracking, electroencephalography, etc. This technology can now be used in educational settings to detect cognitive processes underlying writing and learning to write. A live demonstration of deployable combined keystroke logging and eye tracking used in the CyWrite system will be available.
- Computing Corpora: Discussions at this table will focus on bridging the gap between corpus and computational linguistics. Applications of CyWrite’s analysis modules to corpus research and real-time detection of linguistic and rhetorical features of student writing will be discussed. Hands on activities will include a crash course in rules-based natural language processing for corpus research and educational applications.