A guidebook to moderating intercultural collaboration online
Edited By Melinda Ann Dooly Owenby
CHAPTER 2 - Building effective, dynamic online partnerships (Melinda Dooly, Dolors Masats, Andreas Müller-Hartmann, Beatriz Caballero de Rodas) 45
CHAPTER 2 Building effective, dynamic online partnerships Melinda Dooly, Dolors Masats, Andreas Müller-Hartmann, Beatriz Caballero de Rodas To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. (Anthony Robbins) Summary This chapter will look at the way in which the dynamics of the classroom (face-to-face) and the dynamics of the virtual relationships (online) must be taken into consideration as a whole, not as separate components. We will look at the different roles the participants of the project have and analyse ways to ensure efficient and harmonious collaborative partnerships. Online collaboration between classrooms: Focus on the learner1 If we understand learning as a social phenomenon which occurs when learners acquire competences in different areas through interaction with peers and adults (Bruner, 1986, 1996; Bonk & 1 Part of this material was originally written by Melinda Dooly to be included in the chapter “Choosing the appropriate communication tools for an on-line exchange” in On-line Intercultural Exchange: an Introduction for Foreign Language Teachers R. O’Dowd (Ed.), UK: Multilingual Matters (2007). CHAPTER 2 46 Wisher, 2000), then we must consider carefully the type of net- work-based interaction we design for our students in our projects. We have already discussed the benefits that can derive from using the Internet as a means of collaborative interaction in Chapter 1; however simply finding “online partners” for our students is not enough. We must be sure that the...
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