This guidebook brings together the knowledge, insight and experience gained by the participants of an international telecollaborative language learning project entitled Moderating Intercultural Collaboration and Language Learning (MICaLL). Telecollaboration is understood here as a shared teaching and learning experience between distanced partners that is facilitated through the use of Internet technology; an area of growing interest for many teachers. The book first provides a theoretical outline of suitable pedagogical practices for this type of joint effort and then moves into the more practical aspects of designing, setting up, implementing and evaluating telecollaborative projects. The guidebook considers relevant questions and issues which often come up when teachers without previous experience in telecollaboration undertake this type of enterprise. Through the realistic advice and practical examples provided, the reader will be motivated to engage in telecollaborative language learning projects with their own pupils.
The Editor: Melinda Dooly works at the Faculty of Education, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) as a teacher trainer. Her research interests lie in the area of plurilingualism, language learning and telecollaboration and she has published several books and articles in this field. Dr Dooly has also been involved in many European and international projects and was the project manager of MICaLL, which gave rise to this guidebook.
Contents: Melinda Dooly: Constructing knowledge together - Melinda Dooly/Dolors Masats/Andreas Muller-Hartmann/Beatriz Caballero de Rodas: Building effective, dynamic online partnerships - Melinda Dooly/Jana Pavlikova/Diana Eastment/Andreas Muller-Hartmann/Maartje Visser: Finding the right tools - Melinda Dooly/Dolors Masats/Ton Koenraad: Using portals to open horizons - Melinda Dooly: Looking back: What did we do right?