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Multiliteracies and e-learning2.0


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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5 First evaluation cycle: system design and usability


“What we need is project-based learning, with students having the opportunity to engage in learner-centered collaborative projects, working together with their classmates and with others around the world, using a variety of technological means.”

(Warschauer, AILA Review 14, 2001, p. 57)

During the summer semester 2010 a proper iteration phase of the evaluation-driven design-based research started using LearnWeb2.0 to support active learning through collaborative search in a CLIL seminar at the Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany, and in an ESP course at the University of Pavia, in Italy. The following sections (5.1 and 5.2) discuss in detail the two CLIL and ESP courses respectively. A preliminary discussion of the CLIL study was presented in Marenzi et al. (2010).

The preliminary evaluation cycle discussed below focused on the LearnWeb2.0 system design and usability to collect feedback from the users and improve the functionalities of the tool. The experience in the CLIL context was very interesting and produced a lot of valuable research results and improvements both for the LearnWeb2.0 system design and for the theoretical research. Online questionnaires and interviews were used to collect feedback from the students about their pre­vious experiences in using e-learning platforms and social networks, as well as their satisfaction in using LearnWeb2.0 as a support for their learning process.

The questions addressed in the first phase of the research (Marenzi et al., 2010) and presented in this chapter are:

– How can a...

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