Seamless Writing: How the Digitisation of Writing Transforms Thinking, Communication, and Student Learning

  • Otto Kruse
  • Christian RappEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)


This chapter extends the scope of the term ‘seamless learning’ to include writing as one of the most prominent learning activities in education. The seamless learning concept is used to analyse the ongoing flow of digital innovation with respect to the changing instructional and intellectual positioning of writing in its various contexts. The term ‘seams’ is interpreted as frictions or barriers in the writer’s experience, and the concept of ‘seamlessness’ refers to coherence in the practice and learning of writing. In order to understand the impact of digitisation on writing, this chapter recaps on the major development steps of digital writing technology, before offering an example of an integrated learning platform for the writing of academic theses which intends to offer students a seamless writing experience. The results indicate that the term seamlessness in the context of writing should not be directly associated with mobile learning or to the ubiquitous learning opportunities which are qualities that writing technologies have already offered for some time. Other more recent technological changes have provided considerably greater impact on what the authors term as ‘seamless writing’.


Writing technology Student writing Digitisation Thesis writing Research cycle Learning to write 



This research was conducted within the Seamless Learning Lab ( IBH-Labs were created on the initiative of the International Lake Constance University (IBH) and the International Lake Constance Conference (IBK), and are funded by the “Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein” Interreg V programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied LinguisticsLanguage Competence Centre, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAWWinterthurSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Management and LawCenter for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW, SML, ZIDWinterthurSwitzerland

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