International Collaborative Learning using Web 2.0: Learning of Foreign Language and Intercultural Understanding
Wednesday, May 19 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
According to O’Dowd (2007), the first collaborative learning with distant partners dates back in the 1920s when French educationalist Celestin Freinet had his students publish a newspaper and exchange it with classes in other parts of the country. Since then, numerous studies and projects have been conducted connecting classes across countries for language learning and intercultural awareness. This presentation adds to the wealth of literature in proposing a new design for intercultural collaborative learning utilizing Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook and Google Docs. The international collaborative classes have been conducted between Karoli University, Hungary and Kanda University of International Studies, Japan. In the classes, both asynchronous communication tools such as Facebook and synchronous tools such as Skype were used. In addition, Google Docs, Mindmeister (a Mind map creation tool) and VoiceThread were used both synchronously and asynchronously. The observations found that students would use those collaborative tools progressively as they gained more experiences.