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Effectively Utilizing a Socially Mediated Network: Facilitating Meaningful Collaboration Among Pre-Service Student-Teachers and University EFL Students

Effectively Utilizing a Socially Mediated Network: Facilitating Meaningful Collaboration Among Pre-Service Student-Teachers and University EFL Students
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Author(s): Dustin De Felice (Michigan State University, USA), Wesley A. Curtis (University of South Carolina, USA) and Luz María Ortiz Alcocer (Universidad de Quintana Roo, Mexico)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 18
Source title: Enriching Collaboration and Communication in Online Learning Communities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Carolyn N. Stevenson (Purdue University Global, USA) and Joanna C. Bauer (Claremont Lincoln University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9814-5.ch010

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Abstract

Cooperative learning has evolved over the years to include web-mediated elements within traditional and virtual classrooms. In this chapter, authors discuss a collaboration that used computer-supported collaborative learning through an online socially-mediated network. This collaboration served as a bridge between two universities from different countries. Not only did this collaboration link the students from each university together, but it provided language learners and pre-service student-teachers with the ability to benefit from the unique connection between them (i.e. students needing to learn language and teachers needing to practice teaching a language). Authors discuss the collaboration, the framework, and the format of this cooperative learning project. Much of this discussion is rooted in the experiences of some of the students who participated in its evolution with the intent to provide a direction for implementing such a type of collaboration in other institutions.

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