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Factors Affecting Learner Collaboration in 3D Virtual Worlds-Mon, Nov 19, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

  • 1.  Factors Affecting Learner Collaboration in 3D Virtual Worlds-Mon, Nov 19, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

    Posted 05-11-2018 22:26
    Dear All,

    My oplogies for the cross-posting.

    The EFLIS is pleased to hold the 3rd webinar for this year by Dr. Iryna Kozlova. If you are interested in learning about research in online language learning, particularly 3D Virtual Worlds, then this is a great opportunity for you and we hope to see you online!

     Please see below:

    Factors Affecting Learner Collaboration in 3D Virtual Worlds

    Dr. Iryna Kozlova

    University of Pennsylvania


    Learners' development of collaboration skills has important implications for their language learning (Donato, 2004), fluency development (Huensch & Tracy-Ventura, 2017), and the development of interactional skills (Johnson and Johnson, 2004). When working together towards achieving a common goal, learners use language to mutually construct new knowledge by sharing their own ideas and accepting contributions from other participants (Donato, 2004). 3D virtual worlds (VWs) can provide learners with the opportunities to collaborate through multiple communication channels, which may facilitate language development (Meskill, 2005). Drawing on the results of the study on learner collaboration in 3D VWs (Kozlova, forthcoming) when students used an audio channel to interact with their peers and a text-based channel to make notes on a collaboration board, this presentation discusses the factors affecting learner collaboration. These factors include (1) learners and instructors' familiarity with 3D VWs, (2) learners' familiarity with the format of the learning activity, (3) learners' experience with the spontaneous use of the second language, and (4) instructors' use of pedagogical techniques that facilitated collaboration. Although this presentation draws on the findings of the research in 3D VWs, implications of the findings to face-to-face classroom will also be discussed.

     Presenter's bio: 

    Iryna Kozlova, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the TESOL Program, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the use of second/foreign language spoken discourse in the classroom and in casual conversation, application of technology for second/foreign language teaching and learning, task-based learning, and teacher training. She has taught Applied Linguistics, ESL, and Russian in the United States and internationally.

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    Factors Affecting Learner Collaboration in 3D Virtual Worlds 
    Mon, Nov 19, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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