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Journal Issue
Volume 10 Issue 1, ICEL 2011 / Mar 2012  pp1‑158

Editor: Philip Balcean

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Design and Evaluation of Student‑Focused eLearning  pp1‑12

Yongmei Bentley, Habte Selassie, Anjali Shegunshi

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Scaffolding Teachers Integrate Social Media Into a Problem‑Based Learning Approach?  pp13‑22

Lillian Buus

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Personal Devices in Public Settings: Lessons Learned From an iPod Touch / iPad Project  pp23‑31

Susan Crichton, Karen Pegler, Duncan White

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Using the Artistic Pedagogical Technology of Photovoice to Promote Interaction in the Online Post‑Secondary Classroom: The Students’ Perspective  pp32‑43

Margaret Edwards, Beth Perry, Katherine Janzen, Cynthia Menzies

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Implications of the Social Web Environment for User Story Education  pp44‑59

Terrill Fancott, Pankaj Kamthan, Nazlie Shahmir

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Collaboration Creation: Lessons Learned From Establishing an Online Professional Learning Community  pp60‑75

Colin Gray, Keith Smyth

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Correlating Questionnaire Data with Actual Usage Data in a Mobile Learning Study for High School Mathematics  pp76‑89

Vani Kalloo, Permanand Mohan

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The Global Classroom Project: Learning a Second Language in a Virtual Environment  pp90‑106

Brant Knutzen, David Kennedy

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Abstract

This paper reports the progress of a pilot project exploring the integration of a collaborative virtual learning environment (Second Life) with the instruction of English courses at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. An educational partnership was developed with two TESOL teacher‑training courses at Texas A&M University in the US. The project enrolled over 200 participants, with about half from each participating university. Coordination of online activities was done using the Moodle learning management system. A large non‑traditional language learning facility was developed in the Second Life virtual environment in the style of a 1950's American diner on a private island, complete with Cadillac booths, traditional diner booths and tables, and outdoor campfire settings to facilitate conversational groupings. Both IM typed chat and VOIP voice interactions were explored inside the virtual environment. Student behavior observed during the study indicates the conditions which result in the most productive interactions, and also highlights several key problem areas which must be addressed before successful interactions can be achieved. This paper presents a process which has been developed and trialed, and the plans at Lingnan University to adopt it on a wider scale to support the development of language skills. 

 

Keywords: collaborative virtual environment, language learning, ESL, educational partnerships

 

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Principled Assessment Strategy Design for Online Courses and Programs  pp107‑119

Janet McCracken, Sunah Cho, Afsaneh Sharif, Brian Wilson, Jeff Miller

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Acquiring Software Project Specifications in a Virtual World  pp120‑131

Vincent Ng, Zoe Tang

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Constructive Disruptions for Effective Collaborative Learning: Navigating the Affordances of Social Media for Meaningful Engagement  pp132‑146

Patient Rambe

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Can Online Peer Review Assignments Replace Essays in Third Year University Courses? And if so, What are the Challenges?  pp147‑158

Martin Smith

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