Greg Kessler, Ohio University, USA
Greg Kessler is an Associate Professor of CALL in the Linguistics Department at Ohio University. His research addresses student language use and achievement in collaborative CALL environments and the CALL preparation of teachers. He is currently Action Research Column editor for the journal Language Learning & Technology. He has published widely, including co-authoring the books TESOL Technology Standards (TESOL, 2011) and Technology across writing contexts and tasks (CALICO, 2012). He has taught CALL programs in the USA and Burma, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Serbia & Turkey.
Promoting Collaborative Activity and Abilities through Social and New Media
New media, including many forms of social media, have created new opportunities for interaction and collaboration. The ability to collaboratively construct content and communities within these new media contexts has so much to offer that we are challenged to reflect upon our language teaching pedagogy. Many technologies, and associated pedagogical practices, have found their way into ubiquitous use in our daily lives, yet they are often overlooked, or even avoided, when we enter the classroom. Maintaining a focus upon the role of teachers and students, the presenter explores how we might proceed to rethink pedagogy in an era of ubiquitous use of new media.