Called iWrite, the software uses Google Docs' web-based word processing capability for individual and collaborative writing projects. But it goes further by providing authors with feedback to help ensure documents reflect their intent, are coherent, and stick to the topic under discussion.
According to Associate Professor Rafael Calvo, the use of Google's servers "[saves] millions in the infrastructure costs of running the tools, keeping backups and so on,"
Further improvements to iWrite will be possible thanks to a grant of an unspecified amount from Google.
Associate Professor Calvo and his team plan to using the funding to investigate the effective use of humour when providing feedback.
How might that be done? See page 2.
"This grant allows us to experiment with different types of feedback with a view to identifying the most effective way of interacting with users."
The project is part of a wider program supported by Australian Research Council and the Australian Teaching and Learning Council.