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Types of Web-based Asynchronous Peer Feedback (WAPF) in Developing Writing Skills among Undergraduate Students

Rohaya Abdullah

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ABSTRACT: Web-based Asynchronous Peer Feedback (WAPF) is a learner-centered approach that encourages dynamic learning via online communication to yield better writing products. It allows learners the opportunity to write for authentic audience in a less threatening environment engaging collaborative critical analysis of essays. However, little is known about the types of Web-based Asynchronous Peer Feedbacks that are suitable to ascertain the success of the approach to enhance writing skill. Hence, the objective of this study is to identify the different types of Web-based Asynchronous Peer Feedback using weblog. The respondents consisted of 10 undergraduate students from three institutions, participating in a web-based process writing for the period of two months. The data was collected from 2 web-based feedback transcripts. The findings revealed that there were three types of Web-based Asynchronous Peer Feedbacks: social, affective, and cognitive. The feedbacks attained appeared to be useful for the respondents to improve their writing skills. The cognitive feedbacks were critical enough to make the authors reflect on their work and later make the necessary changes or improvements in their essays. Meanwhile, the social and affective feedbacks coupled with the appropriate strategy and language use were seen to have also contributed to the success in the WAPF.

KEY WORDS: Web-based Asynchronous Peer Feedback, analysis of essays, enhance writing skill, and social, affective and cognitive feedbacks.

About the Author: Rohaya Abdullah is currently attached to the Language Department of IPG (Institut Pendidikan Guru or Teachers’ Training College), Penang Campus, Malaysia. She can be reached at: royfmda@yahoo.com

How to cite this article? Abdullah, Rohaya. (2011). “Types of Web-based Asynchronous Peer Feedback (WAPF) in Developing Writing Skills among Undergraduate Students” in EDUCARE: International Journal for Educational Studies, Vol.3(2) February, pp.195-204. Bandung, Indonesia: Minda Masagi Press owned by ASPENSI in Bandung, West Java; and FKIP UMP in Purwokerto, Central Java, ISSN 1979-7877.

Chronicle of the article: Accepted (December 2, 2010); Revised (January 5, 2011); and Published (February 17, 2011).


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