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UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF GOOGLE SHARED DOCUMENTS IN FEEDBACK-PROVISION OF AN UNDERGRADUATE THESIS : COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION IN ELT

Nowadays, it is believed that students respond more positively when technology is utilized in the teaching and learning process (Voogt, Knezek, Cox, & Brummelhuis, 2011; Yi & Hwang, 2003). As part of understanding the extent of its usefulness in the classroom setting, this ongoing study explores whether Google Shared Documents can improve the quality of feedback provision among BSE English Majors’ undergraduate thesis and the quality of output of the students. The respondents, compared to Education majors from other universities, write their thesis alongside their practicum and have a shorter number of weeks in one term. As a result, this poses challenges in the writing process as the feedback provision among thesis advisers become limited. To address that issue, the study attempts to understand the role of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in a non-face-to-face class set-up in the teaching and learning process which heavily involves writing. In addition, this research uses interviews and observation notes as its instrument and thematic approach in analyzing the data. Based on these, this action research hopes to shed light on determining the capacity of Google Shared Documents to be a useful tool in the provision of feedback to the students’ writing outputs.

Aileen Bautista is an Assistant Professor at De La Salle University.