Twenty years on and still reinventing the wheel? A critical review of Telecollaborative Exchange in Foreign Language Education
Robert O’Dowd, University of León, Spain
Eurocall 2015 Keynote Presentation
University of Padova, 26 August 2015
Abstract and Bibliography
See the presentation slides (August 2015):
It has been 20 years since the first major publications on online intercultural interaction and exchange began to appear in the CALL literature(Cummins & Sayers, 1995; Eck, Legenhausen & Wolff, 1995; Warschauer, 1995). Since then, we have seen telecollaboration go on to become one of the pillars of CALL research and practice.
Therefore, it is appropriate that the 20th anniversary of these publications coincides with this Eurocall conference calling on us “…to unpack and examine some of the assumptions that may have become ingrained in our practice, and also to reflect on the state of CALL and language pedagogy”. As telecollaboration begins to enter the mainstream of university education, it is indeed high time thatweask ourselves some challenging questions regarding the principles which underlie our practices, the effectiveness and impact of what we do,and the potential value of our work for other areas of university teaching and learning.
In this plenary Itake a critical look at both research and practice of telecollaboration over the past 20 years