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Academic writing supported by digital templates in teacher training

  • Beatriz Figueroa Sandoval1Email author,
  • Mariana Aillon Neumann1 and
  • Andrés Fuentealba Urra2
International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201411:11010018

Received: 15 November 2012

Accepted: 15 July 2013

Published: 15 January 2014


This article describes the experience of creating and piloting a digital writing template in blended learning mode in order to optimise essay-writing strategies and to formalise hypertext use in academic literacy. The methodological intervention was applied to a sample of 32 students of General Elementary Education at the University of Concepción (UdeC), Chile. The results provide preliminary evidence to enable an understanding of the phenomenon of technology-supported academic production.

This study forms part of Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT) project number 1110909 entitled “Alfabetización Académica: el hipertexto una herramienta para mejorar los aprendizajes en la formación de profesores” (Academic Literacy: hypertext, a tool for improving learning in teacher training), funded by the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT).


academic writingnew technologiesdigital templateteacher training