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WriteSim TCExam--an open source text simulation environment for training novice researchers in scientific writing. Shah, Jatin Rajgor, Dimple Vaghasia, Meenakshi Phadtare, Amruta Pradhan, Shreyasee Carvalho, Elias Pietrobon, Ricardo
dc.coverage.spatial England 2011-06-21T17:29:38Z 2010-05-28
dc.identifier 1472-6920-10-39
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: The ability to write clearly and effectively is of central importance to the scientific enterprise. Encouraged by the success of simulation environments in other biomedical sciences, we developed WriteSim TCExam, an open-source, Web-based, textual simulation environment for teaching effective writing techniques to novice researchers. We shortlisted and modified an existing open source application - TCExam to serve as a textual simulation environment. After testing usability internally in our team, we conducted formal field usability studies with novice researchers. These were followed by formal surveys with researchers fitting the role of administrators and users (novice researchers) RESULTS: The development process was guided by feedback from usability tests within our research team. Online surveys and formal studies, involving members of the Research on Research group and selected novice researchers, show that the application is user-friendly. Additionally it has been used to train 25 novice researchers in scientific writing to date and has generated encouraging results. CONCLUSION: WriteSim TCExam is the first Web-based, open-source textual simulation environment designed to complement traditional scientific writing instruction. While initial reviews by students and educators have been positive, a formal study is needed to measure its benefits in comparison to standard instructional methods.
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Springer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.relation.ispartof BMC Med Educ
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1186/1472-6920-10-39
dc.subject Computer Simulation
dc.subject Data Collection
dc.subject Educational Measurement
dc.subject Female
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Male
dc.subject Research Personnel
dc.subject User-Computer Interface
dc.subject Writing
dc.title WriteSim TCExam--an open source text simulation environment for training novice researchers in scientific writing.
dc.type Journal article Pietrobon, Ricardo|0206217
dc.description.version Version of Record 2010-5-28
duke.description.volume 10
dc.relation.journal Bmc Medical Education
pubs.begin-page 39
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Faculty
pubs.publication-status Published online
pubs.volume 10
dc.identifier.eissn 1472-6920

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