Handbook of Research on Digital Language Pedagogies

Handbook of Research on Digital Language Pedagogies

Matthew Montebello (University of Malta, Malta)
ISBN13: 9781799867456|ISBN10: 1799867455|EISBN13: 9781799867463|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6745-6


Education has gone through numerous radical changes as the digital era has transformed the way we as humans communicate, inform ourselves, purchase goods, and perform other mundane chores at home and at work. Social media is one of those phenomena that has affected not only society at large but has heavily influenced educational processes around the world. The demand for and availability of networked educational services have also increased, enabling online education to gain popularity and become an internationally accessible option. Furthermore, universities and other private higher educational institutions embraced the digital technology and adopted the new learning medium as they realized the prospects of having the world’s population as a potential source of revenue. A related phenomenon has been the proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These have changed the ways in which learners interact with educational institutions, professors, and with each other. At the same time, the upsurge in digital education has raised issues with language as online learners from all over the world and from a plethora of cultures and foreign languages have found themselves challenged to take full advantage and optimally benefit from the same educational media and resources that English-speaking counterparts have tapped into.

The book will answer questions of how to optimize language learning in such a defining new era, and what are the educational, sociological and technological dimensions of such a radical change? Are educational theorists and practitioners ready to accommodate and justify novel and unusual learning scenarios? How will learners psychologically adjust to the changing and demanding medium that the technology has unleashed? The book will explore the different challenges and the multitude of opportunities that new and transformative pedagogies have enabled. The opportunities/challenges are portrayed through a number of international experiences of teaching/learning practices.

The target audience for this book is intended for educational researchers as well as digital learners alike. The future of education effects every layer of our society as mature students, teachers in training, practicing teachers, as well as academics and researchers seek to make sense out of, and fruitfully employ available tools and potential techniques to further their education as well as enhance the way they operate. This book will be of great interest and relevance to a number of readers, namely: Education undergraduates; Graduate research students in education; Practicing teachers especially those involved in online education; Education technologists; Online instructional designers; Researchers in various education related areas including assessment, Education policy makers and administrators; Curriculum developers; and Online learners.

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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