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The formative role of teaching presence in blended Virtual Exchange

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Title:The formative role of teaching presence in blended Virtual Exchange
Authors:Kurek, Malgorzata
Müller-Hartmann, Andreas
Keywords:Teacher Education
Collaborative Learning
Action Research
Task-based Instruction
Date Issued:17 Oct 2019
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
University of Texas at Austin Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning
Citation:Kurek, M., & Müller-Hartmann, A. (2019). The formative role of teaching presence in blended Virtual Exchange. Language Learning & Technology, 23(3), 52–73.
Abstract:This paper presents the findings of a three-cycle action research study (Nunan & Bailey, 2009) that investigated the role of teaching presence (TP) in nurturing a Community of Inquiry (CoI) in a teacher training virtual exchange delivered in blended format. The study covers three iterations of such an exchange between three different cohorts of Polish and German EFL student teachers working on international teams to design technology-based intercultural tasks for their future educational contexts. Furthermore, we focus on the impact of TP on students’ self- and co-regulatory learning accounted for in the newly emergent concept of learning presence (LP). Qualitative analysis of various data sets from the three research cycles reveals that students’ LP, and with that their “transformation of participation” (Rogoff, 1994), is nurtured if instructors engage in various pedagogical interventions on the levels of design, discourse and instruction (Garrison, 2006). We identify the various types of such interventions and link them to different virtual exchange project phases. We also highlight the modelling role of TP in blended formats in the context of a teacher training virtual exchange. Modelling, delivered through such interventions, can be formative for future teachers’ professional competence.
Appears in Collections: Volume 23 Number 3, October 2019 Special Issue: New Developments in Virtual Exchange in Foreign Language Education

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