Multimodal student interaction online: An ecological perspective
2009 (English)In: ReCALL, ISSN 0958-3440, E-ISSN 1474-0109, Vol. 21, no 2, 186-205 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article describes the influence of tool and task design on student interaction in language learning at a distance. Interaction in a multimodal desktop video conferencing environment, FlashMeeting, is analyzed from an ecological perspective with two main foci: participation rates and conversational feedback strategies. The quantitative analysis of participation rates shows that as far as verbal interaction is concerned, multimodality did not have an equalizing effect in this context, contradicting previous research on multimodal student interaction. Additionally, the qualitative analysis of conversational feedback strategies shows that whereas some multimodal strategies were employed, the students did not manage to fully act upon the communicative affordances of the tool, as the feedback ratio during and after the often long broadcasts was relatively low. These findings are related to task and tool design and the article discusses how design improvements in these areas might result in a more constructive language learning ecology.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press , 2009. Vol. 21, no 2, 186-205 p.
Language learning ecology, task and tool design, multimodal desktop video conferencing, equalization, common ground, conversational feedback
Communication Studies Specific Languages
Research subject English; Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26058DOI: 10.1017/S0958344009000184OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-26058DiVA: diva2:236347