Using Synchronous Conferencing to Support Distance Language Learning: a case study

Hampel, Regine; Hauck, Mirjam and Shield, Lesley (2004). Using Synchronous Conferencing to Support Distance Language Learning: a case study. In: Salmon, Gilly ed. E-Moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online. Routledge Falmer.



E-moderators are the new generation of teachers and trainers who work with learners online. There has been explosive growth of online teaching and learning, training, resources and events, and the e-moderator is central to its quality and success. This is a ground-breaking book, which will be essential for the electronic-learning community. Practical and accessible, it is based on Gilly Salmon's considerable experience and research. It explains the qualities and competencies required of those teaching, training or developing materials in the online field, and how their skills can be developed. It presents a user's guide to working effectively in the virtual world, backed up with case studies and specific information about how to be a successful e-moderator, along with its unique collection of resources for practitioners, original research material and learner-oriented consideration of outcomes. Contents include: * What is e-moderating? * CMC in education and training * E-moderating, the key to the future of online teaching * Resources for practitioners. E-Moderating is for any and all teachers, instructors, tutors or facilitators operating in any electronic environment. From simply posting notes on the Internet at the end of a physical teaching or training session through to fully fledged distance learning, it makes full use of the most up-to-date communications and information technology. It will also be valuable reading for software designers, teachers in schools, and for anyone with management responsibilities in education or training.

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