DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14483/22487085.3763

Published:

2011-07-01

Issue:

Vol 13, No 2 (2011) July-December

Section:

Research Articles

Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education

Explorando el valor pedagógico de los foros virtuales y los blogs para promover la colaboración y el aprendizaje: una experiencia de formación del profesorado

Authors

  • Maria Isabel Espitia Universidad de la Sabana
  • Amparo Clavijo Olarte Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3752-7020

Keywords:

formación de docentes, Enseñanza del Ingles como lengua extranjera, usando foros virtuales y blogs (es).

Keywords:

teacher education, EFL pedagogy with blogs and virtual forums, collaboration and participation for learning (en).

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Abstract (en)

Implementing technological tools in EFL classes has not been easy for language teachers, they often struggle to make class activities consistent with the curriculum, policies, students’ needs and likes and lately, with computer and internet-based ICTs. The problem regularly is that EFL teachers do not possess the pedagogical and technological knowledge to use technological tools to foster communication and interaction among students to learn collaboratively. This study deals with a teacher education experience in which tools such as blogs, learning software, e-mail, forums and internet-based tools were used to improve EFL learning and teaching. Data were gathered from the group of EFL teachers in two phases: the first phase included participants’ planning, discussion, and implementation of a pedagogical project for young EFL learners; the second phase consisted of the participants’ reporting and evaluating their performance using forums and blogs with their students. The study demonstrated that teacher education experiences are crucial for teacher learning to integrate the use of forums and blogs in the EFL Curriculum. It also showed that the use of blogs and forums requires addressing language pedagogy from a perspective that values communication, collaboration and participation as central elements of learning.

Abstract (es)

La implementación de herramientas tecnológicas en las clases de inglés como lengua extranjera no ha sido fácil para los profesores de idiomas, quienes a menudo tienen dificultades para realizar actividades de clase coherentes con el plan de estudios, las políticas educativas, las necesidades de los estudiantes y últimamente, con las TIC que se encuentran en internet. El problema es que los profesores de inglés como lengua extranjera, en su mayoría, no poseen los conocimientos pedagógicos y tecnológicos para utilizar las herramientas apropiadas que puedan fomentar la comunicación y la interacción entre los estudiantes para aprender colaborativamente. Este estudio trata de una experiencia de formación docente en el que herramientas como los blogs, software de aprendizaje, e-mail, foros y herramientas tomadas de internet se utiliza para mejorar el aprendizaje y la enseñanza de inglés como lengua extranjera. Los datos fueron recogidos a partir de la participación del grupo de profesores en dos fases: la primera fase consiste en la planeación, discusión y ejecución de un proyecto pedagógico para los niños que aprenden el inglés como lengua extranjera, la segunda fase consistió en la información dada por los participantes con la presentación de informes y evaluación de su desempeño por medio de foros y blogs con sus alumnos. El estudio demostró que las experiencias de formación docente son cruciales para el aprendizaje docente para integrar el uso de los foros y los blogs en el currículo de inglés como lengua extranjera. También mostró que en el uso de blogs y foros es necesario abordar la pedagogía del lenguaje desde una perspectiva que valora la comunicación, colaboración y participación como elementos centrales del aprendizaje.

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How to Cite

APA

Espitia, M. I., & Clavijo Olarte, A. (2011). Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 13(2), 29–42. https://doi.org/10.14483/22487085.3763

ACM

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Espitia, M.I. and Clavijo Olarte, A. 2011. Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal. 13, 2 (Jul. 2011), 29–42. DOI:https://doi.org/10.14483/22487085.3763.

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Espitia, M. I.; Clavijo Olarte, A. Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education. Colomb. appl. linguist. j 2011, 13, 29-42.

ABNT

ESPITIA, M. I.; CLAVIJO OLARTE, A. Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, [S. l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 29–42, 2011. DOI: 10.14483/22487085.3763. Disponível em: https://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/index.php/calj/article/view/3763. Acesso em: 18 oct. 2021.

Chicago

Espitia, Maria Isabel, and Amparo Clavijo Olarte. 2011. “Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 13 (2):29-42. https://doi.org/10.14483/22487085.3763.

Harvard

Espitia, M. I. and Clavijo Olarte, A. (2011) “Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education”, Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 13(2), pp. 29–42. doi: 10.14483/22487085.3763.

IEEE

[1]
M. I. Espitia and A. Clavijo Olarte, “Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education”, Colomb. appl. linguist. j, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 29–42, Jul. 2011.

MLA

Espitia, M. I., and A. Clavijo Olarte. “Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, vol. 13, no. 2, July 2011, pp. 29-42, doi:10.14483/22487085.3763.

Turabian

Espitia, Maria Isabel, and Amparo Clavijo Olarte. “Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 13, no. 2 (July 1, 2011): 29–42. Accessed October 18, 2021. https://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/index.php/calj/article/view/3763.

Vancouver

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Espitia MI, Clavijo Olarte A. Virtual forums: a pedagogical tool for collaboration and learning in teacher education. Colomb. appl. linguist. j [Internet]. 2011Jul.1 [cited 2021Oct.18];13(2):29-42. Available from: https://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/index.php/calj/article/view/3763

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