Dr. Vassiliki Kourbani presented her research findings on synchronous online feedback at the Annual Conference of the International Writing Centers Association

29 November 2017, 12:00 am

On November 10-13, 2017, Hellenic American University faculty member Dr. Vassiliki Kourbani presented her research findings on synchronous online feedback at the Annual Conference of the International Writing Centers Association, which was held in Chicago, U.S.A.

Dr. Kourbani’s presentation was entitled Writing Center Synchronous Online Feedback: Discovering ways tutors and tutees co-construct their roles within multimodal tutorial sessions. During her talk, Dr. Kourbani looked at the relationship between the feedback that writing tutors provide during synchronous tutoring sessions and the revisions that students then make or fail to make when they later edit their texts. She also explored the extent to which student perceptions of the value of their online sessions were borne out during the revision process.

Her findings suggested that online tutoring had a substantial positive effect on students’ writing. Overall, tutees tended to incorporate the suggestions that their tutor made during the sessions. There were, however, cases where e-feedback was not effective because non-native speaker students could not fully understand and thus apply their tutor’s comments, suggesting, as Dr. Kourbani argued, the need to improve the quality of e-feedback and to combine online and onsite visits for optimal results.