ct 20(20): e1

Research Article

Author Prop: Assisting the Creative Process with an Automated Intelligent Cognitive Prop for Writers

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.30-7-2019.162945,
        author={C. Roberts},
        title={Author Prop: Assisting the Creative Process with an Automated Intelligent Cognitive Prop for Writers},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies},
        volume={6},
        number={20},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={CT},
        year={2020},
        month={2},
        keywords={writing, motivation, natural language processing, intelligent tutoring system, writing analytics, education, AI, software},
        doi={10.4108/eai.30-7-2019.162945}
    }
    
  • C. Roberts
    Year: 2020
    Author Prop: Assisting the Creative Process with an Automated Intelligent Cognitive Prop for Writers
    CT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.30-7-2019.162945
C. Roberts1,*
  • 1: Georgia Institute of Technology
*Contact email: kopant@gmail.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Writing is a complex, metacognitive task which requires planning, execution, and evaluation of an evolving text simultaneously.

OBJECTIVES: This paper presents Author Prop, a web application for writing that aims to address the need for “cognitive props” during composition. The software particularly targets students, whose relative inexperience may lead to high levels of cognitive load and low engagement during writing.

METHODS: To provide a mental prop to writers, Author Prop provides topic-based decomposition of texts using intelligent highlighting. Furthermore, the software allows users to interact with topics (described as keyword lists) during periods of reflection, with the aim to ease and maintain creative thinking.

RESULTS: Of the 78 surveyed users, 42% said they would use the app for writing, and 70% said they enjoyed using the app.

CONCLUSION: Initial survey results from beta testing of the web application indicate encouraging reception of the software.