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Distance Learning and
A synchronous live chat
hosted by Vance Stevens and Michael Coghlan
March 8, Friday, 17:30 to 19:30 GMT, Vance Stevens and
Michael Coghlan host a TESOL EVOnline Human_CALL chat on Distance Learning and
Cultural Considerations online at Tapped In, http://www.tappedin.org, with backup on
Yahoo Messenger. Come to Room S2814 or /join vances.
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- What are best practices in distance learning? Why?
Dafne Gonzales's reflections on Webheads in
- Does culture make a difference in electronic media? How? How much?
- What kinds of things do we need to be aware of as teachers when
learning becomes primarily distance learning?
Elizabeth Hanson-Smith raises three "issues: that are relevant to
both culture and the "digital divide," as well as to how we use technology and
how technology changes us as we use it, both as learners and as teachers.
- Julie Wood, CAN SOFTWARE SUPPORT CHILDREN'S VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT?
(2001) LLT 5 (1): 166-201
"Does instruction relate the new to the known? Does it promote active in-depth
processing? Does it provide multiple exposures of new words? Does it teach
students to be strategic readers? And does it promote additional reading? "
(p.1) Maybe one of the problems you face is that students are not always eager
to grasp the unknown. Some elements of CALL--the traditional mutiple choice or
restricted response Q/A types of programs, whether on the Web or on a CD--are
so safe and familiar, that students really like to do them, regardless of
whether they are learning anything from them or not.
- The second quote speaks to the generation gap, which may be part of
the "digital divide" also: "While older generations often feel trapped in this
new order, Rushkoff argues that new generations of youth--whom he refers to as
"generation Xers"--are feeling quite at home with new electronic media (i.e.,
have generally come to terms with their ambivalence or love-hate of this
medium), and increasingly tend to be interactive users and not just passive
consumers." Jan Plass, "Design and Evaluation of the User Interface of Foreign
Language Multimedia Software: Cognitive Approach" LLT 2, (1):35-45 (1998)
If we think of age as a form of culture, we see here the expression of another
possible roadblock to learning with technology.
- And finally, from Lynn Henricksen's introduction to the Case Studies
in _Distance Learning: "In distance-learning programs, teachers and learners
alike often find themselves in roles that are not typical in traditional
face-to-face instruction; in Henrichsen, The Development of Distance Learning
[online at The Human Face of CALL, ,
Devlpmnt_Distance_Learning.doc Introduction to _Distance Learning_ (Case
Studies in TESOL), by Lynn Henrichsen ]
- Biesenbach-Lucas, E-mail and Word Processing in the ESL Classroom:
How the Medium Affects the Message
- Fustenberg, English, & Maillet, Giving a Virtual Voice to the
Silent Language of Culture: the Cultura Project
- Kramsch, A'Ness, Shun, & Lam, Authenticity and Authorship in the
Computer-mediated Acquisition of L2 Literacy
- Trias, Democracy or Difference: A Literature Review of Gender
Differences in Online Communication
- Willis, Distance Education at a Glance
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