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Research_Web2_0

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Session:

Research on Web 2.0 applications

to English Language Learning

 


 

Sponsor

 

Syllabus

 

Description

 

Many times, educational advantages from the application of technology have been taken for granted. The inventions such as the book, radio, televison, video recorders/players, etc., have been used a lot as instructional media by ESL/EFL teachers. Internet has not been the exception. Now, a second generation of applications, known as Web 2.0, is here.

 

Just like any new tool, these Web 2.0 applications pose a new challenge, especially to teachers. How are they adapting to these new requirements of the XXI Century knowledge society? What and how are we teaching? Are students more “technology” literate than teachers? Can we teach “digital natives”? But, overall, the question is: Is it worth using the new Web 2.0 applications? What for?

 

Research must play an important role when trying to find answer to these questions. Research may provide the “ways” or methods to get knowledge that can be used more meaningfully by students and teachers. Therefore, the purpose of this session is to demonstrate that the role of the class teacher is quite important when collecting and interpreting information about technological applications.

 

Target Audience

 

This session is directed to any English teacher who is interested in Research in the field of English Language Teaching and Learning. Of course, it is also directed to researchers who are studying the Web 2.0 phenomena. Teachers who want to know more about how they can integrate research into their classes are very welcome.

 

Weekly Content

 

Week 1

Intoductions

Participants will:

  • share some personal information by introducing themselves
  • begin socializing with some other members of the group
  • familiarize with some tools for interaction
  • share some research experiences

 

 

Week 2

Role and objectives of research on EL Web 2.0

Participants will:

  • discuss the role of research
  • discuss the role of research in ELT/ELL/ESL/EFL
  • discuss and define the role of research on Web 2.0 applications (what areas? What for?)

 

Week 3

Description of Web 2.0 tools

Participants will:

  • Discuss the characteristics of Web 2.0
  • Describe the characteristics (variables/concepts) of Web 2.0 applications
  • Try to agree on a model or tool to describe/measure EL Web 2.0 applications
  • Apply the model to evaluate some Web 2.0 applications

 

 

Week 4

Quantitative methods

Participants will:

  • Read and understand some research methods and techniques under the quantitative approach
  • Review the work of some participants who have done quantitative research
  • Define some important goals to be achieved under the quantitative approach

 

 

Week 5

Qualitative methods

Participants will:

  • Read and understand some research methods and techniques under the qualitative approach
  • Review the work of some participants who have done qualitative research
  • Read, know and understand the characteristics and importance of Action Research
  • Define some important goals to be achieved under the quantitative approach

 

Week 6

From here…?

Participants will:

  • Wrap-up by summarizing what they have learnt
  • Discuss where to go from here by defining goals and methods to pursue such objectives
  • Establish a research network
  • Establish a conceptual framework

 

Moderator

 

Manuel Romero: Majored in English Language Teaching and got a Master's degree in Higher Education. He works in Puebla, México for Universidad del Valle de Puebla. He is the current Chief of the Research Department and has done some research on Language Policies and influence of Technology in the EFL/EFT field.

 

Tools to be used

 

  • Week 1: participants will make use of the Yahoo Group to start. They will transfer the activity to a Gmail group and will use the Discussions Section
  • Week 2: This session will make use of virtual groups (like Gmail or Yahoo Groups) in order to exchange files and discuss necessary topics. There will be an online chat via Tapped In and an asynchronous discussión via Gmail Group Discussion messages.
  • Week 3: In order to discuss and agree on a model, the group will make use of Elluminate. The group will try to build the model by means of a wiki (PBWiki) and share opinions by asynchronous discussion messages.
  • Week 4: Presentations and an online discussion will be done using a different tool (WiZiQ). Comments, opinions and even short essays will be hosted on a blog (Blogger)
  • Week 5: Presentations and an online discussion will be done using WiZiQ. Comments, opinions and even short essays will be hosted on a blog (Blogger will be used as a central of links)).
  • Week 6: To finalize, there will be a set of presentations using Adobe Connect. Conclusions will be set in the Wiki and comments and short essays may be posted in a blog.

 

Join this session

 

To join this group:

 

From January 1 to 14:

 

  1. Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/research_on_web_2_0
  2. Click on the blue button: This is just an image. The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you don´t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).
  3. Follow the instructions

 

Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator


 

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