Integrating Online Collaborative Writing Into English As A Foreign Language Classes During Distance Education

Çiçek M., Savaş P.

Innovational research in ELT, vol.4, no.2, pp.1-16, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.29329/irelt.2023.623.1
  • Journal Name: Innovational research in ELT
  • Journal Indexes: EBSCO Education Source
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-16
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: No


For many language learners, the writing process can be a daunting and challenging journey. The present study was conducted to examine the perceptions of 27 English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners who collaborated on writing paragraphs using an interactive online platform, Etherpad. The study was carried out over an eight-week period during distance education, where students worked in groups of four using the online tool, Etherpad, to plan, write, and edit their paragraphs outside the classroom. Both qualitative and quantitative data were gathered through an online collaborative attitude questionnaire administered at the end of the writing course. The findings from the study indicated that students had generally positive attitudes towards online collaborative writing. However, the study also revealed that there were some challenges encountered while working together, which affected the process.