Saturday, April 23, 2016

2016 April 21~23 | 2016 Unicollaboration: The Second Conference | Presenter

Best Poster Award
I visited Trinity College Dublin and attended "New Directions in Telecollaborative Research and Practice: The Second Conference on Telecollaboration in University Education" as a presenter in collaboration with Professor Hisae Matsui of Princeton University and Brendan Van Deusen, a contributor from Nagasaki International University. The topic of our poster presentation is "Pursuing the curriculum goal through telecollaboration: Using telecollaboration as a student resource in language learning classes" and is a report on a joint project we completed in the fall of 2015.

The result of this presentation is that we were chosen by the participants of the Unicollaboration conference as having the "Best Poster" for which we won an award. Although there were only a few posters at the conference, it was an honor to be selected as the best and certainly gives credit to my colleagues who have worked hard in making the project successful.

The basics of the project surround a Virtual Exchange/Telecollaboration between students at Nagasaki International University and Princeton University. The Nagasaki International University students are studying English as their target language while the Princeton University students are taking Japanese as their target language. Going online and using a shared forum for discussions, the students from both universities gathered information for projects completed in their local university's curriculum.

Thom and Hisae-sensei presenting
The students were broken into groups containing 5~6 students with 2~3 students from each university included in each group. The groups were kept separate from each other so ongoing discussions were privately held in groups monitored by the teachers. We made use of the LTI research I have been studying with my other research teams in Japan and found that connections could be made between both Moodle and Blackboard systems using the standard protocol.

More details can be read in the conference proceedings which will be available shortly.


Telecollaboration conference site

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