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Neither Technology Nor Pedagogy First - Colpaert on Educational Engineering

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The integration of ICT in education has been the subject of an intense debate for many years, especially regarding rationale, method, teacher training and evaluation. In this contribution, I would like to focus on the rationale: the justification we provide for using a specific technology in our learning and teaching contexts. Real or fabricated, conscious or subconscious, we can group the reasons for doing so into the following approaches or angles of attack.

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"Teachers should become designers. Designers of their own learning environment."  Colpaert argues this new role relieves teachers of certain burdens, rather than adding to them.  Je demande à voir.

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CALL research conference on task design: Tarragona, July 15

XVIIth International CALL Research Conference
Task Design and CALL
6-8 July 2015, Tarragona, Spain

In recent CALL articles, conference presentations and project proposals, we notice a renewed interest in activities, and less emphasis on technology or theoretical pedagogy. These activities, elective or compulsory, can be subdivided into three partly overlapping categories: (a) focus-on-form tasks which can be defined as meaningful tasks in which the focus on particular forms is tightly embedded; (b) focus-on-meaning tasks which should lead to communication (CMC approach) or any kind of non-linguistic outcome (TBLT approach); and (c) form-focused exercises that focus on isolated forms, such as improved and enriched (drill-and-practice) exercises.

During this conference we will discuss the design process behind these tasks: How do we decide on task types? How do we shape them? How do we monitor and evaluate them?

Submitted presentations should tackle questions such as:

-       How do we design authentic, meaningful, useful and enjoyable tasks?
-       To what extent do tasks depend on context?
-       What can CALL learn from TBLT?
-       What can TBLT learn from CALL?
-       What are the affordances and limitations of technology?
-       How does technology impact on non-technological tasks?
-       What are the specific challenges for LMOOCs, OERs, Interactive Whiteboards, Student Response Systems, Synchronous Collaborative Writing Tools, Serious Games… ?
-       How do our tasks fit in with Complex Dynamic Systems Theory, Socioconstructivist environments, Flipped Classroom approaches …?
-       What is the role of corrective feedback?
-       What are the consequences for Learner Analytics?
-       Which tasks for which skills?
-       Which tasks are most appropriate for intercultural competence?


Call for Proposals
This is a preliminary announcement. The first call for proposals will be sent out mid November. The abstract should contain:

-       10 lines on the context of your research: situate your contribution;
-       30-40 lines where you  focus on the conference theme and try to tackle one of the questions mentioned above.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31st 2015
Notification of acceptance: March 1st 2015


Venue
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Tarragona, Spain
(1 hour from Barcelona)

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Antwerp Call - University of Antwerp

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Research Challenges in CALL
7-9 July 2014

The editor, associate editors and editorial board of the CALL Journal  (Taylor & Francis) extend a cordial invitation to attend our Antwerp CALL 2014, the XVIth International CALL Research Conference.

Programme Committee: 
Jozef Colpaert, editor of Computer Assisted Language Learning (Taylor & Francis);
Phil Hubbard, Mike Levy and Glenn Stockwell, associate editors

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Plenaries by Bryan Smith and Piet Desmet.

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e-Learning Symposium 2014 Live stream | LLAS

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Live streaming of plenaries today and tomorrow: Jozef Colpaert, Joe Dale, Huw Davies, Marina Orsini-Jones

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CALL Research Conference: Antwerp, July

XVIth International CALL Research Conference at Universiteit Antwerpen (Antwerp, Belgium), 7-9 July 2014.

The conference theme will be:  RESEARCH CHALLENGES IN CALL


Starting points for this conference are the 12 challenges Jozef Colpaert recently identified and presented at WorldCall 2013 in Glasgow, and which he classified into three categories: contextual (academic meritocracy, academic value of CALL, myths/hypes and broad-public perception), methodological (design, replication, slow research and transdisciplinarity), and epistemological (open, psychological, smart en sustainable aspects).

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CALL Research Conference: Tarragona, July 2015

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Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31st 2015.

Notification of acceptance: February 23rd 2015.

Deadline for submission of conference paper (1 000 – 3 000 words): March 20th 2015.

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Theme of task design is timely, I think - a promising event.

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I attended and presented at the TBLT conference in Leuven in 2005: on task difficulty and complexity. Interestingly, .Leuven is hosting the 2015 TBLT conference again (http://www.tblt.org/).

 

Can  CALL  push . TBLT application and make language learning more  authentic, meaningful, useful and enjoyable?. 

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Teacher education and ICT integration: reassuring lies versus inconvenient truths: Jozef Colpaert

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EuroCALL special interest group on Teacher Education: 2-day workshop in Nice, 22-3 May 2014
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Great talk by Jozef Colpaert on an educational engineering approach to technology integration and some implications for teacher education and research.  Keynote at the Teacher Ed SIG workshop in Nice last May.  You can watch the whole talk plus questions on the French university channel Canal U.

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TISLID 14: international workshop on technological innovation for specialised linguistic domains

May 7 - 9, Salamanca (Spain)

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EuroCALL MALL SIG, plenary from Jozef Colpaert

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Peripatetic considerations on research challenges in CALL | Colpaert | CALICO Journal

Peripatetic considerations on research challenges in CALL

 

An imaginary walk around the cathedral of Amiens in France. A virtual discussion between two CALLers who have a lot in common, but whose paths did not cross frequently. They discuss a number of topics and issues in CALL research such as academic evaluation, the pressure to publish, research design and changing roles.



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Accessible introduction to the notion of "designedness," covering both technological and pedagogical aspects of the learning environment.

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