EDEM633-15S2 (D) Semester Two 2015 (Distance)

Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language

0.2500 EFTS
13 Jul 2015 - 15 Nov 2015

Description

Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of the field of technology-enhanced language learning and develop an ability to select, evaluate and create digital tools for language learning in a variety of learning contexts. This compulsory course presents the history and development of technology-enhanced language learning and students learn about the affordances and constraints of a wide variety of digital tools and materials and how they can be used in a pedagogically appropriate way to enhance language learning as well as creating materials for technology-enhanced language learning in a particular context.

Technology-enhanced language learning has developed through a number of phases since its first inception half a century ago. This course offers an exploration of the history leading to the current state of TELL. Students will critically read and evaluate recent research in TELL and discuss pedagogical, cultural and social issues. Case studies will be used to describe and analyse the use of TELL. Students will carry out a description and analysis of an educational setting from the point of view of its implementation of and/or readiness for TELL. This might be an Early Childhood Education setting, a school or after-school context or adult or tertiary education. In this setting, students will plan for and/or justify the introduction of appropriate TELL with reference to theories that inform language learning and teaching. They will also analyse and assess a range of digital tools and materials for language learning and/or teaching appropriate for that particular setting, and finally create or adapt a digital tool or material for language education in a chosen educational setting and demonstrate its use.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning  
  • Analyse and evaluate research in the field of technology-enhanced language learning in order to identify pedagogical, cultural and social issues involved in the use of digital technologies for language learning and/or teaching
  • Describe and analyse an educational setting from the point of view of its implementation of, and/or readiness for, technology-enhanced language learning.
  • Justify the use of technology-enhanced language learning in an educational setting with reference to theories that inform language learning and teaching, demonstrating understanding of the wider socio-economic, political, cultural factors.
  • Plan for and create a demonstration of a digital tool and/or material for language education in a chosen educational setting
  • Test and critically evaluate a range of digital tools and materials for language learning and/or teaching according to their affordances and constraints and appropriateness to a particular context.

Pre-requisites

Subject to approval of the Head of School. RP: Participants should have previously studied a language or completed teacher education or have experience teaching languages (including ESOL), and familiarity with a range of digital technologies.

Recommended Preparation

Participants should have previously studied a language or completed teacher education or have experience teaching languages (including ESOL), and familiarity with a range of digital technologies.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Una Cunningham

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly participation in the course activities 40% Active, well-prepared participation in seminars and in the Learn forum for the course
Research bibliography 30 Aug 2015 20%
Portfolio 11 Oct 2015 40% A material evaluation portfolio including a 4-5 minute web-based film presenting a digital tool or material created by the student and suggesting how it can be used to support language learning and/or teaching in a specific context

Textbooks

Due to the rapidly evolving state of the field and the nature of this course, required reading is set as close as possible to the start of the course. Every effort will be made to use texts that are available electronically.

Notes

This course is obligatory for students in the Master of Computer-assisted Language Learning

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.

Assessment and grading system

Assessment procedures will follow the policies of the UC College of Education Assessment Guidelines for Students.
Students must refer to the relevant sections of the course Learn site for full instructions regarding requirements for each assignment. There are three elements of assessment for this course and each element is weighted as stated above. Students must receive a passing mark (50% or over) for all three assessment elements to be eligible to pass the course. The scores for all assessment elements will be aggregated for the final grade. Final grades will be determined at an examiners’ meeting at the end of the course and reported using the UC Common Grading Scale.

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks
A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

Attendance

As this course is based on a collaborative learning and teaching model, prepared participation by the student will be essential to meet the requirements of the course. Students will normally be expected to participate in online seminars in real time. Students who are unable to participate online in the real time classes will be asked to view recordings of the online seminars and complete engagement tasks.

Grade moderation

The course assessments will be subject to the usual moderation processes as per section 6 of the University of Canterbury Assessment Policy.

Late submission of work

No work will be marked if it is handed in after the due date without an extension having been granted.

Notes

This course is obligatory for students in the Master of Computer-assisted Language Learning

Other specific requirements

Students need to have access to a networked computer or tablet to participate in the online seminars. They will need a headset or equivalent audio equipment (microphone and earbuds) and a webcam.

Requests for extensions

Students are encouraged to plan their work so deadlines are met. Extensions are not granted automatically. Under exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement, tangi, or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension up to two weeks from the due date of the assignment. An extension request should be made at least two full days before the due date of the piece of assessment in writing either by email or letter. Applications must be supported by relevant evidence (e.g. medical certificate, letter from counsellor). Extensions will not normally be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due around the same time. Students will be notified of the outcome of their extension application via email.

Resubmissions

Resubmissions are not normally permitted.

Aegrotat considerations

(students should refer to Regulation H of the General Course and Examination Regulations.)

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be expected to submit their assessments via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00 pm on or before the due date. The assessment system will normally automatically put assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures). If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 0800 763 676 ext 6060.

Fees

Domestic fee $1,690.00

International fee $6,650.00

For further information see School of Teacher Education.

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  • EDEM633-15S2 (D) Semester Two 2015 (Distance)