What Does the Digital Student Want? Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Wikis in Academic Literacy


  • Agnes Pisanski Peterlin University of Ljubljana
  • Lisa Botshon University of Maine at Augusta




academic literacy development, cross-cultural collaboration, online educational tools, wiki


New online educational tools have opened new possibilities for cross-cultural collaboration which supports critical thinking and encourages learner autonomy. Nevertheless, the success of a crosscultural collaborative experience cannot be taken for granted, since it inevitably involves the need to bridge transcultural differences. This paper presents an American-Slovene cross-cultural collaborative project with a focus on the perceptions of the Slovene student-participants. In particular, it examines their views of one of the components of the collaborative project, specifically, the collaborative wiki writing assignment, introduced to develop the students’ academic literacy skills. The findings of the questionnaire study show that the participants’ experiences with the cross-cultural collaboration were positive, although their answers reveal a slight preference for less challenging activities. Nevertheless, even the fairly demanding writing assignment was generally perceived to be interesting and useful: while its full interactive potential was not realized due to the participants’ reluctance to engage in editing, the wiki is clearly an efficient tool for promoting academic literacy.


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Author Biographies

Agnes Pisanski Peterlin, University of Ljubljana

Agnes Pisanski Peterlin is an associate professor at the Department of Translation, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2006 she received her PhD in linguistics from the University of Ljubljana. Her research interests include contrastive rhetoric, translation of texts for specific purposes and discourse analysis.

Lisa Botshon, University of Maine at Augusta

Lisa Botshon holds a B.A. in the History of Western Thought from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Dr. Botshon teaches a range of courses in writing, American literature, postcolonial literature, and women’s and gender studies.

Her research interests include women writers; issues of gender, race and ethnicity; and popular culture.




How to Cite

Pisanski Peterlin, A., & Botshon, L. (2015). What Does the Digital Student Want? Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Wikis in Academic Literacy. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 12(2), 149–160. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.12.2.149-160



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