Presentation Title

Telecollaboration in the Online Language Classroom

Start

1-30-2019 10:30 AM

End

1-30-2019 11:45 AM

Short Description

This interactive presentation challenges myths about isolation in the online classroom. Data presented will show that innovative integration of telepresence language coaching promotes interpersonal relationships, humanizes the learning experience, and facilitates linguistic development. Participants will discuss novel applications of this strategy.

Abstract

A major challenge to the online classroom is often argued to be the lack of opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships. Various strategies have been proposed to overcome such isolation including synchronous telepresence activities. However, language programs often struggle with how to best integrate the telecollaboration programs for optimal linguistic success. This interactive presentation offers a novel approach that integrates language coaching sessions as the unifying thread that motivates and ties all course activities together. Preliminary data strongly suggests that this approach facilitates interpersonal relationships between students and their coach that humanize and personalize the online classroom. Students develop a personal connection to a native speaker of the language and culture of study which increases their motivation advance their proficiency and to take ownership of their learning.

Format

Concurrent Session

Institutional level targeted

Higher Ed

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Telecollaboration in the Online Language Classroom

A major challenge to the online classroom is often argued to be the lack of opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships. Various strategies have been proposed to overcome such isolation including synchronous telepresence activities. However, language programs often struggle with how to best integrate the telecollaboration programs for optimal linguistic success. This interactive presentation offers a novel approach that integrates language coaching sessions as the unifying thread that motivates and ties all course activities together. Preliminary data strongly suggests that this approach facilitates interpersonal relationships between students and their coach that humanize and personalize the online classroom. Students develop a personal connection to a native speaker of the language and culture of study which increases their motivation advance their proficiency and to take ownership of their learning.