Mobile apps for academic writing

While browsing through the #eapchat stream on Twitter this evening, I came across a tweet by Alannah Fitzgerald (@AlannahFitz ) regarding a mobile app that claims to “not write or review your essays for you…[but] provide easy tips for avoiding plagiarism, conducting research, thinking critically, making strong arguments and presenting your work well.” Big talk.

My eyes opened just a bit wider. Is this part of the new m-learning golden path I’ve heard much about finally cracking its way into EAP? 

Created by University College London, Academic Writing in English (AWE) is a free app available for iPhone, iPad and Android. It claims to use authentic examples of academic writing amongst its interactive exercises. 

I’m off to download it now and see what it really offers. Do you have experience with it or any other mobile app for EAP?

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5 thoughts on “Mobile apps for academic writing

  1. Tyson Seburn Post author

    I have no downloaded it and am going through it in pieces. It’s very text heavy at first glance, but once you get through the explanations, the exercises are short and sweet. I can see the appeal, especially since the texty explanations are pretty good, really, especially as a supplement to what you explain in class.

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  2. David Read

    Downloaded and took a look, like you say very text heavy and essentially feels like a website or course material that has been adapted for a mobile device. Not sure it’s something that students would find easy to use or navigate. There are very few dedicated (or decent) mobile apps that are relevant for EAP students. A few that could be considered are:

    Speed Reading Trainer (http://goo.gl/QVDHP1) on iphone/ipad, very good to help EAP students develop better reading speeds.

    Mendeley refererence manager app (http://goo.gl/7Hknrj) for iphone/ipad, links in with website (www.mendeley.com), unofficial Android versions available (http://goo.gl/WnLCVa)

    Another referencing app, Easybib (iphone: http://goo.gl/qxIgC2, android: http://goo.gl/E91MIa) makes it easy to scan in references from book bar codes.

    Papers (http://papersapp.com/ios/) is an article finder/reader, but very expensive, not really rich enough to afford it to find out what it’s like!

    There is still clearly a market for a really decently designed EAP app.

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  4. Jennifer MacDonald

    Hi! I would love to come across a revolutionary EAP app, but I agree with David Read: this seems to be basically a website of EAP reference material that has been put into app format. I’d also love to see something for EAP created specifically for a mobile device, that capitalizes on the uniqueness and particularities of the mobile platform, as opposed to something that seems like it was conceptualized for a website, and then made into an app.

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  5. Steve Kirk (@stiiiv)

    I saw mention of this in various places, Tyson. I’m intrigued but have not made the time for it. Your post here has reminded me about it. I’ve just this second downloaded if for Android. I’ll have a play and see if we agree. Cheers.

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