The Perfect Blend?: Online Blended Learning from a Linguistic Perspective

The Perfect Blend?: Online Blended Learning from a Linguistic Perspective

Roberto Di Scala (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-880-2.ch008
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Abstract

This chapter tackles the implementation of the way online courses of English language are structured within the on-line degree courses of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy. Moving from a double theoretical framework grounded on the links between e-learning and communication and between e-learning and multimedia learning, The author will outline the basic features of the course the author is currently teaching. Besides the standard tools provided by the university platform (the course portal and forum and the course content slides), he has added some ‘external’ tools to offer students further possibilities to interact and take an active role in the learning environment which thus becomes actually ‘blended.’ By making practice of the language through posting comments on a dedicated blog and by exchanging impressions and making queries at a number of Skype-mediated meetings, instructor and students can further interact and create a stronger ‘studying community.’
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Background

The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia was one of the first to opt for this kind of distance learning courses which it has been offering his students through dedicated, Moodle-based platform and portals (see www.cea.unimore.it .

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