Language Learning and User-Centered Design: The Development of the Electronic European Language Portfolio

Language Learning and User-Centered Design: The Development of the Electronic European Language Portfolio

Charalambos Vrasidas (CARDET - Intercollege, Cyprus), Elena Landone (University of Milan, Italy), Niki Christodoulou (Intercollege, Cyprus) and Michalinos Zembylas (CARDET - Intercollege, Cyprus)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-750-8.ch014
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Abstract

This chapter will discuss the rationale behind the development of the electronic versionof the European Language Portfolio (ELP), its technological and pedagogical aspects,and its advantages over print-based counterparts. The electronic European LanguagePortfolio (e-ELP) has been developed following a user-centered design (UCD)framework. This framework will be discussed in detail. The e-ELP is part of a Minervaproject funded by the European Union (EU) with the main goal to adapt the paper-based ELP in an electronic format. Some ELPs have already been validated and editedin a hardcopy format. These hardcopy editions present several limitations, such asmaintenance and long-term updating. In this chapter, emphasis will be placed ondiscussing the affordances of the electronic environment in supporting languageteaching and learning and the user-centered approach in developing the prototype.

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