International On-line Collaboration within a Course – Panic and Pitfalls

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Thursday 16 May

TRACK 3:
P R E S E N T A T I O N
International On-line Collaboration within a Course – Panic and Pitfalls,
Ms. Marianna Leikomaa, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Mr. Petri Tuohimäki, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Place: B5-27

Time: 10.30 – 11.15
Description: Offering students a chance for international collaboration within an existing language course is often the easiest way to ensure authentic learning situations. However, this requires a bit of time, work and flexibility from all parties. Two English language teachers from Finland collaborated with a Russian partner and offered their students a chance for structured on-line meetings as a part of their language courses. The student groups consisted of students from several different countries, not just Finland and Russia. The practicalities from the teachers viewpoint included helping the students create their on-line collaboration teams, deciding the discussion topics, creating a feasible schedule which also matched the teachers schedules and occasionally even acting as arbiters in the discussions. Come and hear how everything went, what problems were encountered along the way and why we would totally do it all again!