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Enhancing social interaction in massive professional English courses


This paper describes the long way undergone in UNED, the Spanish national distance university, in the last ten years to improve our teaching of the English language with the assistance of computers and, more specifically, with the emerging web technologies. There are a number of milestones in this long way, such as the development of the aLF in house platform from the early MIT dotLearn which allowed students and teachers to engage in English only interaction, either as part of the usual educational routine or as part of teaching innovation networks, i.e., projects undertaken by volunteering students, sometimes with students from other language subjects, degrees or universities. For years all this work was written and there was little chance for students to develop their oral capabilities. The incorporation of UNED’s webconferencing system and the AVIP-PRO tool enabled asynchronic evaluation of oral production and interactive skills. One of the increasing problems of UNED, the unbalanced ratio between students (300,000) and teaching staff (1,500) has found a very promising option in dynamic organization and social networks, whereby large groups are automatically split into small groups with an advanced student as monitor who assumes a number of conventional teacher’s tasks, such as providing feedback, correcting errors, controlling the group collaborative dynamics, etc. The role of monitor is assigned by a rather simple procedure of social labelling, an idea half way between web 2.0 and gamification. This paper describes UNED’s experiences with the application of all these technologies to English language distance learning..

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : TOJDEL (The Online Journal of Distance Education and e-Learning)
  • Yıl : 2013
  • Cilt : 1
  • ISSN : 2147-6454
  • Sayı : 1
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 0-0
  • IO Kayıt No : 14095
  • Yayıncı : Sakarya Üniversitesi Yayınları