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Key characteristics for electronically mentoring new science writers by Mind Map: Key
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Key characteristics for electronically mentoring new science writers

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asynchronous; detailed individualised feedback

SHARED SPACES

shared space

instructors support instructors

dialogues: between expert and markers; otherwise no

reflection - yes, for instructors, project is action research

observing best practice - students' best writing provides models for others

taking risks

making connections

links to real-life - applicable to all science writing tasks in general

COLLABORATION

collaboration

no collaboration between students

cooperation

learning model is non-cooperative

communication

communication between instructors and students is highly regulated

INTEGRATION

constructive environment

learners create their own representation of course content

integration

training in genre-first assessment integrated with technical training

adding value

quick turnaround in marking allows multiple versions, timely feedback

ACTIVITIES

flexible

feedback is text only: no provision for different learning styles

pedagogy

strong pedagogical model for process and directed outcomes

opportunities for learning

CONTEXT

context of organisation

academic; cross-discipline project; CityU English is L2; USyd markers may be English L1 or L2

context of communication

students are apprenticed in a discipline-specific genre

context of science

academic writing characteristics valued in science: objectivity; brevity; relevance; evidence