Although employer studies suggest that communication is the most important of the non-technical skills sought in IT graduates, students do not consider this a focus of their studies. A project to embed automated support for enhancing writing unobtrusively within the learning environment is described and the results of a pilot discussed. The findings suggest that (most) students need (external) motivation to use the tool, and then do so only to the level required by assessment items. Inhibitors included the accessibility (i.e. in labs) of the software. However, given a conducive environment, the availability of such a tool is seen to be useful.
|Keywords:||Graduate Attributes, Communications Skills, Writing Enhancement Software|
Senior Lecturer, School of Information Technology, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia
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