Presentation A: Barriers to Collaborative Online Learning in Slovakia
Katarina Pisutova, Coordinator for e-learning ,Comenius University, Slovakia and Instructional Designer, International Programs, SUNY Empire State College
Abstract: I will present results of a study on collaborative activities in online courses in Slovakia, and student and teacher perceptions of these methods. I will analyze the barriers to collaboration in light of authoritarian heritage in education system and explain how they represent in hampering online collaboration on an example of COIL course conducted in 2012. Participants will brainstorm effective ways to have students better engage in international collaborative activities and critical thinking in an online environment.
Presentation B: International Online Language Teaching: Collaborative and Natural vs. Self-paced and Structured
Gulnara Sadykova, Associate Professor at the Department of Germanic Philology, Director, Kazan International Linguistic Center, Kazan Federal University (Russia)
Gulnara Gimaletdinova, Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Philology Kazan Federal University (Russia)
Lilia Khalitova, Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Philology, Kazan Federal University (Russia)
Nazira Migmanova, Graduate Student, Department of Germanic Philology, Kazan Federal University (Russia)
Abstract: The presentation will describe and compare two separate international online language-learning practices. The first one involved English language learners studying at Kazan Federal University (Russia) who participated in an online cross-cultural module and performed online activities with their U.S. and Lithuanian peers. The second online language learning practice engaged learners of Tatar from around the world into a mostly self-paced learning activities created for independent studies. The presenters will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of both online language courses and propose their vision of an effective and engaging international online language-learning course.