Online Collaborative Learning in ELT

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FRANCO, Claudio de Paiva. Online Collaborative Learning in ELT. Comunicação oral apresentada na IV Semana de Letras, Unigranrio, 2008.

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Online Collaborative Learning in ELT

  1. 1. Online Collaborative Learning in ELT <ul><li>Claudio de Paiva Franco </li></ul><ul><li>(PG-UFRJ, SEE/RJ, Cultura Inglesa) </li></ul>I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8 [email_address] Download this presentation at: http://claudiofranco.site90.net
  2. 2. What has changed? I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
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  6. 6. What is Collaborative Learning? <ul><li>According to Larsen-Freeman (2000:164), cooperative or collaborative learning essentially involves students learning from each other in groups. But it is not the group configuration that makes cooperative learning distinctive; it is the way that students and teachers work together that is important. </li></ul>I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
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  8. 8. Guiding Questions to Promote Collaborative Learning in Online Courses <ul><li>What is the content of this course? What aspects of the content lend themselves to collaborative activities? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an expectation that students will provide feedback to each other on their work? How will this be built into the course? </li></ul><ul><li>How will individual performance be evaluated? </li></ul>I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
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  10. 10. Course Aims <ul><li>To provide students with a deeper understanding of the subject they are studying; </li></ul><ul><li>To allow students to develop greater facility with online research; </li></ul><ul><li>To create connections that can serve students long after a course ends; </li></ul><ul><li>To allow students to become critical thinkers. </li></ul>I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
  11. 11. Learner-Focused Instructional Techniques to support online learners <ul><li>Begin course with introductions, posting of bios, or completion of profiles ; </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific about the number of responses to other students’ posts required weekly; </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific about the nature of the post and delineate what constitutes a substantive post to the discussion; </li></ul><ul><li>Post guidelines for communication, including netiquette guidelines; </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and post clear expectations for assignments, assignment completion deadlines, and means by which a grade will be earned; </li></ul>I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
  12. 12. <ul><li>6. Stay on top of student participation and follow up if it changes; </li></ul><ul><li>7. Keep the technology as simple as possible so that it becomes transparent to the user; </li></ul><ul><li>8. Ask open-ended questions to stimulate discussion, and encourage students to do the same; </li></ul><ul><li>9. Vary course activities to address all learning styles and to provide additional interest and multiple approaches to the topic; </li></ul><ul><li>10. Include the Internet as a teaching tool and resource, and encourage students to seek out references that they can share. </li></ul>Learner-Focused Instructional Techniques to support online learners I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
  13. 13. Interaction I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
  14. 14. DISCUSSION 1 (S-T) STUDENT 1: Where can I learn more about connectives? ;-) TEACHER: Try these websites: http:// www.vivquarry.com/wkshts/linkwd.html http://www.uni-iessen.de/~ga1070/conjunctions.pdf QUIZ: http://www.learn-english-today.com / wordgames/hotpot-quizzes/linking-words1.html I hope you like them! :-) STUDENT 1: Thanks! I got 6 questions right out of 8! :-) That must be good! :D TEACHER: Considering the level of the activity, that’s a great achievement! I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
  15. 15. DISCUSSION 2 (S-T / S-S) STUDENT 1: What do you do to improve your vocabulary? :-) TEACHER: I’ll let STUDENT 2 answer first. ;-) STUDENT 2: I listening music, watching films and sometimes I translate the songs… STUDENT 1: Hm… Thanks for the tips! ;-) I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
  16. 16. New Perspectives I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8
  17. 17. Cheers! Claudio de Paiva Franco (PG-UFRJ, SEE/RJ, Cultura Inglesa) [email_address] http://claudiofranco.site90.net I V S e m a n a d e L e t r a s d a U n i g r a n r i o , 2 0 0 8

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