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About the Class
Teacher trainer with College of Foreign Languages, Czestochowa, Poland
Welcome to CO10 the annual live online conference. The conference will be of interest to educators, administrators, students, and community members who value the importance of integrating technology into the curriculum to improve instruction and learning. Online learning involves various skills on the part of the instructor and learner. These include social and communication skills, social networking, independent learning strategies, critical and higher order thinking skills, creativity, and effective online and face-to-face facilitation.
The Conference will be conducted on:
IT4ALL Moodle course - enrollment key is CO10 (Discussion Forums before and after Live Online Sessions)
WiZiQ - (Live Online Sessions)
22 years in TEFL as both teacher and teacher trainer
MA in American literature; PhD in Applied Linguistics
Title of the Presentation
Classroom dynamics of virtual learning environments: a humanistic perspective.
Description of the Presentation
The paper intends to look at virtual learning environments from the perspective of group dynamics.
It will be argued that, in addition to a number of constraints on e-learning mentioned in literature (cf. Dudeney and Hockly 2007, among others), e-tutors have to account for the psychological forces and motions of “what goes in and between people in the [virtual] classroom” (Stevick 1980: 4). This is because, like any learning environment, e-tuition seems to bring the best results if it is carried out in circumstances and conditions which are based on confidence building, positive interaction patterns and collaborative learning.
To prove the point above, the paper will start by presenting the characteristics of positive classroom dynamics (following Moskowitz 1978 and Hadfield 1992), with special regard to learner autonomy, motivation, self-confidence and know-how. It will then go on to discuss the success and failure of a number of e-learning projects carried out by the author and her students in the years 2008/2009. All the virtual learning undertakings, their course, specificity and outcomes will be discussed in relation to their particular learning environments. Based on this, the paper will present some practical solutions as well as more general e-teaching implications.
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Keywords: co10, it4all, e-learning, moodle