Processing final papers (theses) is a big challenge for universities. Depending on student numbers, educational establishments have to supervise hundreds, if not thousands, of papers each year. Students on short Bachelor's study programs often have insufficient personal resources for the autonomous writing of scientific papers. Many only discover what scientific writing entails while working on their Bachelor’s thesis. Seamless learning provides solutions that are cross-context, scalable, and flexible. This research project is developing "Thesis Writer" - an online platform with a seamless learning perspective. It transforms the traditional, teacher-intensive tutorials for writing final papers into a digital aid that can reach a large number of students through an integrated, web-based platform. Academic supervisors are relieved of delivering routine instructions and can respond to the substantive, methodological, and subject-based questions of the students in a more targeted manner. The use of Thesis Writer at various universities should provide feedback about its acceptance, usability, integrability in study procedures, and any shortcomings. Based on the recorded interactions of Thesis Writer, the project team also hopes to gain new insights for scientific writing research and to close research gaps in interactive instruction systems. A comparable tool in German-speaking countries is not yet available.
Project partners: Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Konstanz University, University of Liechtenstein, Prognosix AG, Swiss Academic Software GmbH, University of St.Gallen
Project period: 10/10/2017 - 31/12/2019
Thesis Writer - Get your thesis done!
Each and every year, thousands of students have to jump right in at the deep end and write a thesis as part of their graduation requirements. Most of them are faced with the same kind of perplexity, insecurity and lack of orientation. Preparation for academic writing in short Bologna programmes is insufficient and, in many cases, the thesis is the first extended research papers students have to write. The creation of Thesis Writer (TW) is a reaction to this situation and offers help not only for the initial steps, but provides continuous scaffolding throughout the entire writing process.