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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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7 New research framework and refined research questions

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“[…] literacy education is about actively communicating in an unfamiliar context and learning from your successes and mistakes.”

(Kalantzis & Cope, 2008, p. 203)

At this stage of the research, after three years of evaluation and continuous change, the system had improved a lot from the usability point of view. On the other hand, the need for a stronger pedagogical base was urgent. While at the beginning, the main goal of the research was to enhance the development and the usability of LearnWeb2.0 as collaborative search and sharing system, in 2012 the researcher realised the need to re-route the basic research questions towards a new pedagogical framework.

The researcher decided to look more deeply into the multiliteracies approach to better embed LearnWeb2.0 in an educational context. The multiliteracies and the Learning by Design approach were chosen because they suggest a flexible approach to pedagogy which takes into account the modern social changes and stresses learner autonomy and creativity. These issues are effectively supported by LearnWeb2.0 since it allows searching for authentic resources on the Web. Often it is difficult to find good and authentic material on the Web since a lot of resources are localised and teachers spend a lot of time preparing suitable materials for their classrooms. LearnWeb2.0 provides tools for collaborative search which can help teachers and students find reliable and authentic mate­rials for their classroom; the LearnWeb2.0 annotation functionality and the forum support discussion and critical thinking; the opportunity...

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