Online collaborative learning Code:  M4.969    :  6
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This is the course plan for the second semester of the academic year 2023/2024. To check whether the course is being run this semester, go to the Virtual Campus section More UOC / The University / Programmes of study section on Campus. Once teaching starts, you'll be able to find it in the classroom. The course plan may be subject to change.

This course provides an understanding of the dynamics and benefits of online collaboration for second language learning. This is key for the design of collaborative activities and the selection of ICT tools for the implementation of these activities. The types of collaboration that will be analyzed in the course will be collaboration amongst equals in a classroom, tele-collaboration or collaboration with speakers of the target language outside the classroom, and finally collaboration amongst teachers of  languages. Participants will learn how to design, implement and evaluate online collaborative activities for foreign language learning.


This is an elective course in the Master's program in Technology-Mediated Language Teaching and Learning. Specifically, this is a course in the block of elective courses:  Tools and resources for language learning.


This is a course designed for professionals in the field of technology-mediated language teaching and learning in face-to-face contexts, online, or hybrid environments. This includes teachers, instructional designers, editors, materials writers, and consultants for online language learning platforms.


In order to register for this course, no previous courses from the Master's programme in Technology-Mediated Language Teaching and Learning are required.


Students need to have a level of English (language of instruction) equal to B2, or higher, according to the Common European Frame of Reference in order to ensure that students have the necessary fluency to communicate and to understand the contents of the course without problems.

Information and communication technology (ICT) skills at user level are recommended.


This course will contribute to develop the following competencies:

Basic competences

  • Being able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills and the capacity to solve problems in new environments that belong to a broader or multidisciplinary context, related to the area of study
  • Having the learning skills to be able to continue studying, mostly in a self-directed and autonomous way

General competences

  • Working in teams collaboratively in a virtual environment.
  • Searching for, obtaining, processing, and conveying information (oral, textual, audio-visual, digital or multimedia) in order to transform it into knowledge through analysis and synthesis

Transversal competences

  • Analyzing and interpreting academic texts that are specific to the area of study in order to be able to apply them to pedagogical or research projects, or conveying their content in interactive and position documents

Specific competences

  • Identifying the learning needs of students, bearing in mind the diversity of technological profiles and the learning context, and adapting the use of educational technology to these factors
  • Mastering the various tools to learn a second language at a proficient user level and being able to adjust to the changing nature of educational technology
  • Analyzing, interpreting, and conveying the results and implications of the pedagogical actions or research projects carried out
  • Designing digital educational and training materials in multiple media and formats


- What is online collaboration?

- Online collaboration for language learning

- Collaborative activity design

- Collaboration amongst teachers

- Telecollaboration projects


Online Collaboration Web
Designing online collaborative activities PDF


The materials for this course ,which are available in the virtual classroom, include the following:

  • Self-learning materials in web format: various units that gradually build up the contents of the course, with charts, summaries, and examples. In addition, they include activities so that students can check their level of understanding and mastery of the materials.
  • Infographics & Videos
  • A bibliography in order to examine the topics of the course more in depth.
  • A gallery of ICT tools for online collaboration


The assessment process is based on students' own work and the assumption that this work is original and has been carried out by them.

In assessment activities, the following irregular behaviours, among others, may have serious academic and disciplinary consequences: someone else being involved in carrying out the student's assessment test or activity, or the work being not entirely original; copying another's work or committing plagiarism; attempting to cheat to obtain better academic results; collaborating in, covering up or encouraging copying; or using unauthorized material, software or devices during assessment.

If students are caught engaging in any of these irregular behaviours, they may receive a fail mark (D/0) for the assessable activities set out in the course plan (including the final tests) or in the final mark for the course. This could be because they have used unauthorized materials, software or devices (e.g. social networking sites or internet search engines) during the tests, because they have copied text fragments from an external source (internet, notes, books, articles, other student's projects or activities, etc.) without correctly citing the source, or because they have engaged in any other irregular conduct.

In accordance with the UOC's academic regulations , irregular conduct during assessment, besides leading to a failing mark for the course, may be grounds for disciplinary proceedings and, where appropriate, the corresponding punishment, as established in the UOC's coexistence regulations.

In its assessment process, the UOC reserves the right to:

  • Ask the student to provide proof of their identity, as established in the university's academic regulations.
  • Request that students provide evidence of the authorship of their work, throughout the assessment process, both in continuous and final assessment, by means of an oral test or by whatever other synchronous or asynchronous means the UOC specifies. These means will check students' knowledge and competencies to verify authorship of their work, and under no circumstances will they constitute a second assessment. If it is not possible to guarantee the student's authorship, they will receive a D grade in the case of continuous assessment or a Fail in the case of final assessment.

    For this purpose, the UOC may require that students use a microphone, webcam or other devices during the assessment process, in which case it will be the student's responsibility to check that such devices are working correctly.


You can only pass the course if you participate in and pass the continuous assessment. Your final mark for the course will be the mark you received in the continuous assessment.