Examining the role of inter-group peer online feedback on wiki writing in an EAP context

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This study investigated how one type of learner-generated information and content, i.e. inter-group peer online feedback, provided on a wiki writing assignment for an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course, could contribute to student L2 writing. Using a mixed method approach, more than 1000 entries of online peer comments were collected, coded, analysed and compared with more than 400 comments provided by the course teacher, as shown in the marked final writing. Correlation and chi-square tests were employed to measure the relationship between the tabulated frequency of comments and essay scores. In addition, an online survey was carried out to collect student perspectives. The results show that (1) peers try to be friendly, supportive and avoid face threatening when providing online feedback in an open learning environment; (2) peer critical comments can predict well the final score received from the course teacher; (3) peer feedback focuses more on content/meaning rather than form (language) issues in EAP settings; (4) peer feedback contributes to EAP writing in various ways, both tangibly and affectively. It is suggested that more caution and thinking should be involved in designing the wiki learning environment judiciously by considering a number of factors that can prompt peers to provide appropriate and useful inter-group comments to help other groups improve their writing and L2 learning. Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputer Assisted Language Learning
Early online dateJan 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jan 2019


peer group
learning environment
open learning
online survey
English for Academic Purposes
Peer Group
Peer Feedback
Learning Environment


Ma, Q. (2019). Examining the role of inter-group peer online feedback on wiki writing in an EAP context. Computer Assisted Language Learning. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09588221.2018.1556703


  • Wiki
  • L2 writing
  • Inter-group peer feedback
  • EAP