Computer-assisted second language learning trends Code:  M4.953    :  6
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This course provides an overview of the historical evolution of language learning through technology, and more specifically about Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL).  At the end of the course, students will have reflected on the characteristics of technology-enhanced language learning and will be familiar with virtual learning environments, including mobile apps, MOOCs and Open Educational Resources. Students will relate and apply the different elements to a given teaching-learning context in a practical way and critically analyze the results.

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This is a compulsory course in the Master's program in Technology-Mediated Language Teaching and Learning. Specifically, this is a course in the compulsory block of courses:  "Foundations of technology-mediated language teaching and learning".

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This is a course designed for professionals in the field of technology-mediated language teaching and learning in face-to-face, online, or hybrid educational settings. This includes creators and editors of online language learning materials and resources, learning designers, and consultants working for online language learning platforms.

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

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Students need to have a level of English (language of instruction) equal to B2, or higher, according to the Common European Framework 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. 

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This course will contribute to develop the following competencies: Basic (B), general (G), transversal (T), and specific (S) 

  • (B8) Students should be able to integrate knowledge and skills and be able to face the complexity of making judgments based on information that, despite being limited or incomplete, will include reflections on social and ethical aspects related to the application of their knowledge and judgment.
  • (B9) Students should be able to convey their conclusions, as well as the knowledge and rationale behind to expert and non-expert types of audiences in a clear and unambiguous way.
  • (G3) Working in teams collaboratively in a virtual environment.
  • (T2) Analyzing and interpreting academic texts in the field in order to apply them to pedagogical or research projects or to convey their content through interactive and narrative documents.
  • (S3) Mastering the various tools to learn a second language at a proficient user level and being able to adjust to the changing landscape of educational technology. 
  • (S4) Mastering the theoretical principles in technology-mediated second language teaching and learning and applying them to be able to make decisions about authentic pedagogical interventions in online or hybrid contexts.

These competencies are linked to learning outcomes that students will achieve through a series of tasks and for which they will be assessed:

  • Analyse the main concepts in CALL in a clear and substantiated way and evaluate to what extent the use of technology in language learning has been normalized.
  • Explain in a well-argued manner your own experiences and apply the concepts learned by examining the sources of reference. 
  • Communicate your ideas clearly and provide constructive feedback on the work of others.  
  • Make significant and well-argued contributions when exchanging  impressions and knowledge to contribute to collaborative learning. 
  • Create and share a digital object using digital tools according to the objectives specified by the proposal.
  • Apply technological tools used in language learning and teaching and reflect on their suitability to achieve specific learning outcomes. 
  • Taking into account the sources of information and references, evaluate and select existing language learning technologies in terms of the affordances they offer to meet the learning objectives in online and blended contexts. 
  • Communicate and justify decisions on the suitability of digital tools for language learning in the given context. 
  • Explain and evaluate the affordances of a particular digital application.
  • Understand and evaluate in a well-argued manner the affordances for language learning of a particular digital application.
  • Apply in a well-argued manner of the basic principles of open education (MOOCs and OER) to create learning proposals that make use of this kind of material.
  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of open resources and spell out the support that learners and teachers require to make the most of them in the language classroom.  
  • Create and adapt online language learning and teaching materials using open digital resources (MOOCs and OER) for a given context
  • Justify changes required to ensure a teaching material is suitable for different educational purposes in specific contexts. 

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  • Historical evolution of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching.
  • Analysing different aspects related to virtual learning environments.
  • Learning through mobile applications, open resources and MOOCs.
  • Planning and designing activities that lead to the application of different tools, mobile applications or open resources in a learning context.

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New trends in Computer-assisted language learning Web

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The materials for this course are self-learning materials in web format and they are available in the virtual classroom. They include various units that gradually build up the contents of the course, with charts, summaries, and examples. In addition to the supporting self-learning materials, students will work with a bibliography in order to examine the topics of the course more in depth and will be provided with additional complementary references for each unit.

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The assessment process is based on the student's personal work and presupposes authenticity of authorship and originality of the exercises completed.

Lack of authenticity of authorship or originality of assessment tests, copying or plagiarism, the fraudulent attempt to obtain a better academic result, collusion to copy or concealing or abetting copying, use of unauthorized material or devices during assessment, inter alia, are offences that may lead to serious academic or other sanctions.

Firstly, you will fail the course (D/0) if you commit any of these offences when completing activities defined as assessable in the course plan, including the final tests. Offences considered to be misconduct include, among others, the use of unauthorized material or devices during the tests, such as social media or internet search engines, or the copying of text from external sources (internet, class notes, books, articles, other students' essays or tests, etc.) without including the corresponding reference.

And secondly, the UOC's academic regulations state that any misconduct during assessment, in addition to leading to the student failing the course, may also lead to disciplinary procedures and sanctions.

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This subject can only be passed through a continuous assessment. The final mark on the continuous assessment will be the final mark for the subject.The subject's accreditation formula is as follows: CA

 

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