Why we need to know how we know: Epistemology for online language teachers
In this webinar we will look at the way we create meaning in a second language online, at how we help our learners to comprehend during online tutorials, and how we draw their attention to salient features of their language learning tasks. Underpinning these practical aspects of online language teaching is our understanding of what constitutes knowledge and how we can ensure that our pedagogies build on this understanding.
The outcomes of the webinar for participants can be twofold: 1) a focus on the theoretical aspects and novel ways of researching alignment (or non-alignment) online; 2) a focus on the practical aspects of using a shared understanding of learning for the design of online teaching materials.
Ursula Stickler is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University, UK. She teaches German and research methods. Her research interests are in online synchronous language learning and teaching, the use of qualitative and methods, including eyetracking, to investigate how online learners and teachers establish joint attention online.