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Multiliteracies and e-learning2.0

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Ivana Marenzi

This work, concerned with the significance of literacy and multiliteracies in the 21st century, examines pedagogy from the perspective of Web 2.0 tools and the potential of social networks to improve the quality of learning. Drawing on five years research in German and Italian universities, the author investigates different scenarios in which technology can support the learning process. The focus is on online interaction and collaboration from the standpoint of Educational Technology. With this approach, key pedagogical issues are analysed in relation to theoretical models as well as to the specific learning context. The resulting LearnWeb2.0 Design Framework provides a systematic and up-to-date reference and guide for teachers, researchers and developers when discussing course design and learning supports.
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4 Design-based research and evaluation methodology

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“A third ‘mixed methods research’ approach, involves the combined use of qualitative and quantitative methods with the hope of offering the best of both worlds.”

(Dörnyei, 2007, p. 20)

After the design of the system for specific user requirements the next step in the research was the evaluation of the LearnWeb2.0 platform in specific CLIL and ESP (English for Specific Purposes) setting scenarios adopting an Iterative evaluation-driven design-based research approach (Darn, 2003).

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