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Debating Across Borders
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2011 (English)In: Informed Design of Educational Technologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching / [ed] Anders D. Olofsson och J. Ola Lindberg, Hershey PA: IGI Global , 2011, 1, 241-269 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Internationally, virtual world environments such as Second Life® (SL) have become accepted as platforms for innovative educational activities at many universities in recent years. One such activity includes innovative ways of students coming in contact with other students in so-called telecollaborations. The present case study explores the initial stages in an Action Research process, namely the design and initial implementation of a telecollaborative language learning activity between four universities in Second Life under the EU-funded Avalon project. The chapter describes how theoretical frameworks including the Ecology of Language Learning (van Lier, 2004), the Five Stage Model of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (Salmon, 2004) and Activity Theory (Leont’ev, 1978) were used in order to address different aspects of the design of the course. Based on questionnaire responses from students and observations, the chapter then goes on to evaluate the relative success/failure of the first course trial. Finally, the chapter discusses the implications of the lessons learnt from this pilot project on further developments of the course concept in the action research process, and goes on to discuss implications of the findings for the use of virtual worlds in more mainstream educational settings.

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Hershey PA: IGI Global , 2011, 1. 241-269 p.
Keyword [en]
Virtual worlds, Second Life, Language Learning, telecollaboration
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Learning Specific Languages Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47602DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-080-4ISBN: 9781613500804ISBN: 1613500807ISBN: 9781613500811OAI: diva2:443364
Available from: 2011-09-24 Created: 2011-09-24 Last updated: 2011-10-06

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