A corpus of texts for students, researchers, and teachers.
We have received a 3-year award from the National Science Foundation to evaluate a data-driven approach to teaching technical writing to STEM majors (#1708360/#1708362.)
When made publicly available, the Technical Writing Project will be the first of its kind as well as the largest corpus of student writing.
University undergraduates have little access to customized, discipline-specific writing instruction. The TWP seeks to improve the quality of this instruction in technical, scientific, and professional writing.
The TWP team has inventoried and converted 5,810 texts of student technical writing. These texts represent a variety of text types—job materials, instructions, white papers, briefing notes—that were produced by 871 undergraduates who represent over 40 different academic majors.
This functionality allows students, instructors, and researchers to develop their own language hypotheses and explore the texts on a number of metadata:
Ryan Boettger is an associate professor of professional and technical communication at the University of North Texas. His research areas include curriculum development and assessment, data-driven learning, STEM writing, and technical editing. Professionally, he worked as a technical editor for the Texas Army National Guard and as the managing director of a grants office at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is the editor of the Professional Engineering Communication book series (Wiley-IEEE).
Stefanie Wulff is an assistant professor of corpus linguistics at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on variation in native and learner language, student writing, and second language acquisition. She has published numerous research articles and the book, Rethinking Idiomaticity: A Usage–based Approach (Continuum). She is co-editor of the Cognitive Linguistics in Practice book series published by John Benjamins as well as the editor of Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory (de Gruyter Mouton).
 Using authentic language data to teach discipline-specific writing patterns to STEM students
RK Boettger, S Wulff – Proceedings from the IEEE ProComm Conference, Austin, TX, 2016
 Using corpus-based instruction to explore writing variation across the disciplines: A case history in a graduate-level technical editing course
RK Boettger – Across the Disciplines, 2016
 The naked truth about the naked this: Investigating grammatical prescriptivism in technical communication
RK Boettger, S Wulff – Technical Communication Quarterly, 2014
 Quantitative content analysis [Workshop]
RK Boettger – Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Research Methods Workshop, Portland, OR, 2017.
 The Technical Writing Project: Bringing corpus data into the technical writing classroom
S Wulff, RK Boettger – The 4th International Conference on Writing Analytics: Writing Analytics, Data Mining, and Student Success, St. Petersburg, FL, 2017.
 Integrating data-driven learning into the technical writing classroom [Workshop]
RK Boettger, S Wulff, L Anthony – IEEE ProComm Conference, Austin, TX, 2016.
 Introducing the Technical Writing Project, a corpus of student technical writing
S Wulff, RK Boettger – American Association of Corpus Linguistics Conference, Ames IA, 2016
We hope to have a public version of the TWP available soon. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form below to stay updated on our progress as well as tell us what features you would like the corpus to include.
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