Online Teaching and Learning Sociocultural Perspectives

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  • Copyright: 2015-02-26
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Online Teaching and Learning shows how learning through the internet depends on complex human interactions for success.

The text uses sociocultural theory as its foundational stance to empirically examine the dynamics of these interactions. It seeks to understand meaning making in all of its social, linguistic and cultural complexity. Each chapter examines how it is that culturally and historically situated meanings get negotiated through social mediation in online instructional venues. It extends the ways we think and talk about online teaching and learning.

Author Biography

Carla Meskill is Professor, Department of Education Theory and Practice at the University of Albany, State University of New York, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sociocultural Research Perspectives for Online Teaching and Learning, Carla Meskill

Part 1: Diversity/Identity Online

1. Balancing Multiple Discourses in the U.S. Distance Learning Context:A Case of a Chinese Student, Gulnara Sadykova

2. Projection of Teacher Identity in Introductory Posts: a Critical Discourse Analysis of Strategies of Online Self-Presentation, Denis Samburskiy

Part 2: Shifts in Practice

3. An Exploration of Three-Dimensional Virtual Worlds through ESL/EFL Teachers’ Perspectives in Second Life, Ozan Varli

4. Collaboration Unpacked: Tasks, Tools, and Activities, Andreas Lund

5. Synchronous Online Language Teaching: Strategies to Support Learner Development, Iryna Kozlova and Evon Zundel

Part 3: Shifts in Participation

6. The Educational Value of Student Talk in Online Discussions, Sedef Uzuner and Ruchi Mehta

7. Focusing on the social: Research into the distributed knowledge of novice teachers in online exchange, Melinda Dooly

8. Perceptions of Humor in Oral Synchronous Online Environments, Natasha Anthony

9. Face-to-face and Online ELL Writing Tutorials: A Comparison, Jason Vickers

Part 4: Informal Online Learning

10. Rapport Management and Online Learning: L2 Socialization in Livemocha, Adrienne Gonzalez

11. “We don’t have to always post stuff to help us learn”: Informal Learning Through Social Networking in a Beginners’ Chinese group, Marie-Noelle Lamy


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