Affordances of Dual Online Video Modes
Abstract: The high demand for online videos inspired this research to explore student-created videos and to examine the affordances of two modes of video production: prerecorded videos with delayed broadcast and live-stream videos. This study aimed to scrutinize and reassess the viability of the new tool from an ecological perspective: What cultural or linguistic affordances can emerge in student video-production projects? Thirty higher-intermediate English learners from two colleges in Taiwan participated in this study. The data collection included (a) entry and exit survey responses, (b) evaluations and viewers’ comments, and (c) final products. The findings of this research explicate the student-led video tasks in a technology-enhanced context and their multifaceted affordances in a telecollaboration in two broadcast modes. The student-led video projects involving dual production modes and between two colleges created a new layer of communicative language practice. The virtual connection elicited substantial excitement and a sense of freedom as students produced their original videos in the target language and interacted directly with viewers via social media. Meanwhile, they also became aware of internal and external factors indicating multifaceted affordances, which led to inconsistent video quality and viewer reactions.