Second Life & OpenSim as Learning Environments (NIFLAR)

Saturday, 16 October 2010
4am PDT (SL Time) / 11am GMT / 7pm CST (China Standard Time)
http://lancelot.emea.acrobat.com/p16811145/ (48min* **)

Ton Koenraad [Koen Antonioni]

The EU project ‘Networked Interaction in Foreign Language Acquisition and Research’ (NIFLAR, 2009-2010) aims to enrich and innovate foreign language teaching and learning processes by researching design principles for intercultural communicative tasks in video-web communication and 3D virtual worlds. For the latter, with a view to sustainability and scalability and to provide a safe environment for secondary school pupils that is also accessible by adult educational professionals (teachers, teacher educators and student teachers), the project has opted to also use the
Open Simulator platform, an open source version of Second Life.

One of the design criteria for the NIFLAR 3D virtual learning environment (VLE) is to support teaching and learning targeted specifically at the development of intercultural communicative competences (ICC) of language learners and to serve as a practice space for student language teachers to train ICC-related teaching skills in 3D environments relevant for secondary level target groups.

We report on the definition and realization of the specifications for this NIFLAR 3D VLE combining principles (Byram, 1997) and methodological guidelines (Lázár et al., 2007) for ICC development with views on the (language) learning potential of 3D worlds (Warburton, 2009; Molka-Danielsen & Deutchmann, 2009), practical experiences in 3D language teaching (Sweeney, 2009) and the observations made by the student participants of the NIFLAR Second Life-pilots conducted in the course of the project (Jauregi et al., 2009; 2010)

Ton Koenraad [Koen Antonioni] works as applied linguist and senior ICT-E consultant at Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and for TELLConsult. His current research interests are in CALL-related task design, e-tools for CLIL, Interactive Whiteboard methodologies, mobile applications and 3D MUVEs for language learning. He initiated, coordinated and evaluated various (inter)national and EU projects in the fields of modern languages, teacher education and e-learning. His publications and conference contributions are available from his personal pages at:

* to be able to read the text chat, click on the scroll button at the lower left of the screenshared window

** you will see slides after about 20min, sorry for not pointing the camera to see the slides

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Comment by Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi on October 20, 2010 at 19:04
Comment by Ton Koenraad on October 20, 2010 at 16:05
Hi, Heike and crew. Thanks again for your support. Also on the NIFLAR Ning I expressed my great appreciation for you help!
For interested viewers: as the related slides appear to be only visible 20 min. after the start of the talk it might help if you look at them on SlideShare simultaneously (assuming you want to hear it (45 min.!) all, that is :-))
And here is the link to the NIFLAR public site.

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